Newly transplanted and staked tree (Lohr) Horticulture 331 - Landscape Plant Installation & Management

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Individual Asgn. Group Projects
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SPRING 2014: Lecture: Monday and Wednesday 9:10 - 10 AM in Vogel Plant Sciences Building 43
Lab: Thursday 1:25 - 4:05 PM in Vogel Plant Sciences Building 43
Description: Principles and practices for installation and management of exterior and interior landscape plantings,
with emphasis on woody plants; specifications, site preparation, transplanting, growth control, and diagnosis of problems.

  STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will be able to:
  • evaluate the impacts of landscape installation and management practices on the health and longevity of trees,
  • recognize cultural and pest problems on landscape plants and find solutions to these problems,
  • determine physical, environmental, economic, and social impacts of installation and management practices,
  • make practical decisions regarding landscape plant installation and management, and
  • find and interpret new knowledge in this field.
 TEXTBOOK: Required readings
R.W. Harris, J.R. Clark, and N.P. Matheny. 2004.  Arboriculture: Integrated management of landscape trees, shrubs, and vines, fourth edition.
 GENERAL COURSE TOPICS: (Supplemental links with information on class topics)
  • Introduction: How plants grow (including dormancy, juvenility, physiology, and anatomy) 
  • Installation, transplanting, and staking of plants
  • Growth control by pruning and with management decisions
  • Site preparation, management, and restoration (amendments, mulches, and ground covers)
  • Care of established plants (fertilization, construction, repair, and removal)
  • Problems: diagnosis, cure, and prevention (insects, diseases, culture, and people)
  • Economic and social values of plants

 COURSE GRADE: Grades will be determined from:
Comprehensive exams - 300 points (3 exams; 150 points possible on each; lowest exam score dropped) 
Individual Assignments - 125 points possible
Group Project Reports - 105 points possible
Participation - 70 points possible

TOTAL - 600 points possible  Scores will be posted on Angel.

Total Points
558 - 600
93 - 100
540 - 557
90 - 92.9
522 - 539
87 - 89.9
498 - 521
83 - 86.9
482 - 497
80 - 82.9
462 - 481
77 - 79.9
438 - 461
73 - 76.9
420 - 437
70 - 72.9
402 - 419
67 - 69.9
378 - 401
63 - 66.9

Participation points will be assigned for regular and high quality participation with your assigned group members to create your Group Project Reports (50 points) and for participation in class and lab (20 points).  Expectations for participation are listed in the section on Expectations for Students in this Class.

Late Group Project Report scores will be reduced by 1 point for each day (excluding weekends) past the due date.
Late Individual Assignment scores will be reduced by 1 percent for each day (including weekends) past the due date and will receive no comments or explanations for the grade.

The information on this syllabus is likely to be correct for the entire semester, but it is subject to change.  Possible changes include correcting mistakes in dates or adjusting dates to accommodate an unforeseen conflict.  Should changes to information in this syllabus or in class assignments be needed, they will be announced in class or lab and posted on the class web site.  They may also be listed temporarily on Angel.

Be a positive, contributing member of the class. You are expected to act in a manner that will facilitate your learning as well as the others' learning. Come to class prepared. Share your knowledge and experiences with the class. Do not disrupt or prevent learning by others. Listen with respect. Enjoy learning!

Attend and actively participate regularly. Participation is important for learning.  In this class, you will often work in groups.  Students cannot learn effectively when others are not engaged.  Be an asset to your group.  If you must miss class or lab, find out what we did and ask for handouts.  If you are very sick and contagious, please do not come to class and infect others.

Participate as your own representative and not to pass the work of others off as your own. Academic dishonesty, in any form, including plagiarizing, is deplorable.  If you are caught cheating or plagiarizing (see: WAC 504-26-010 Definition 3 under Standards of Conduc), you will receive a zero for the activity, and it will be reported to your advisor and to the Office of Student Standards and Accountability.  You may also be expelled from class.  If we suspect you have cheated, we may assign a zero or we may ask you to repeat the activity under conditions of our choosing. 

Use electronic devices wisely.  Cell phones should not be used in class or lab without permission from the instructor.  Turn cell phone ringers off during class and lab.  Computers may only be used in class for taking notes; any other uses must be approved by the instructor. 

Follow class policies and instructions.  Violations of class policies or instructors’ instructions could result in losing privileges, such as the use of a computer to take notes, or in being expelled from classes or labs.

Safety will be enforced in this class.  Safety for yourself and others is of utmost importance.  There will be times during this class when hand tools and equipment, including shovels and saws, will be used.  While these may not seem particularly dangerous, they can injure people badly if used thoughtlessly or inappropriately.  Your full attention when safety instructions are being given and when using such equipment is MANDATORY.  Risky behavior, such as carelessness, teasing (e.g. tossing snowballs at someone), or being irresponsible WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.  You could be dismissed from the remainder of a class or lab.  Having fun in this class is encouraged, but not at the expense or risk of others.

 “Washington State University is committed to maintaining a safe environment for its faculty, staff, and students. Safety is the responsibility of every member of the campus community and individuals should know the appropriate actions to take when an emergency arises.”  Please become familiar with: WSU Pullman Campus Safety Plan and WSU Emergency Management. Also be sure you have supplied safety alert information at: WSU Alert.

Reasonable accommodations are available for a student with a disability on file at the WSU Access Center. See Dr. Lohr if you need assistance or have questions. 

INSTRUCTORS (usually available after class & always available by appointment):
Dr. Virginia Lohr, Johnson Hall Room 101b; 509-335-3101;
Kathie Nicholson, 360-460-6271 or 509-335-6586;

Virginia Lohr , Professor, E-mail:
Department of Horticulture
Washington State University
Pullman, Washington 99164-6414 U.S.A.
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