• Course Descriptions:

    The Landscape Design & Turf Management Program is broken down into four main focus areas of the industry. Students entering the program can choose their focus area(s) after they complete Introduction to Horticulture (CORE SKILLS):

     

    Introduction to Horticulture (CORE SKILLS)

    Principles and practices in the development, production and use of horticultural crops.  Includes classification,structure, growth and development, environmental influences on horticultural plants, and vocational opportunities in the horticultural industries. 

     

    Focus Area 1:  Landscape Design

    Students will learn the art of landscape drawing and design.Projects include detailed landscape drawings, construction of landscape models and use and identification of plant materials.

    ·        DynaSCAPE Design I

    Introduction to computer-aided design and drafting using professional CAD software as a tool for landscape design.  This course utilizes the landscape-specific DynaSCAPE Software to develop skills and expertise in drafting and designing using a CAD system.  This interactive and very hands-on course is a unique and exciting way to learn how to navigate the CAD environment to generate base plans and plans. Step-by-step processes, including detailed video overviews of the commands and software structure, are included. An incremental manner of skill development, starting from the basics, is used, and gives first-time CAD operators a shortened learning curve to design productivity. 

    ·        DynaSCAPE Design II 

    An Advanced in depth study and hands-on exposure to DynaSCAPE Design, Quote, Color,and Google Sketch Up software.  This course will take DynaSCAPE Design two steps further and will allow you to produce actual quotes from your computer aided designs and produce computer aided designs in color.  DynaSCAPE Quote lets you produce professional quotes, material takeoffs, plant care packages and more, instantly from your drawings. DynaSCAPE color is an advanced tool that gives you the ability to add an entire spectrum of subtle colorings, textures, opacities and shadings to any DynaSCAPE design to create beautiful full color versions of landscape design drawings in a fraction of the time it takes to color them by hand.  Google Sketch Up allows you to take a DynaSCAPE drawing and create a 3 Dimensional Landscape Drawing of the site.   Pre-requisite: DynaSCAPE Design I.  

     

    Focus Area 2: Landscape Construction and Maintenance

    This course will examine the practical applications of residential, commercial, and recreational landscape construction and turf management. Understand the techniques and materials used, construction planning with function in mind, planting, and general landscape and turf maintenance. This course will give the students the background and experience to execute basic landscape plans and to construct a landscape project on site as well as enabling the student to develop maintenance specifications.

     


    Focus Area 3:Greenhouse/Nursery Management

    This course will examine the principles of greenhouse and nursery operation and management for commercial production of floral crops, perennials, trees and shrubs; greenhouse construction and operation; regulating and controlling the environment and applying cultural practices as they affect plant physiological processes and influence plant growth and development; management of a greenhouse/nursery business. Students will also have the opportunity to study Aquaculture.

     

    Focus Area 4: Turf/Golf Course Management

    The role of geography, water, nutrients, and types of grass species for turf development
    Preparing a site for turf grass; establishment and development
    Managing / maintaining the grounds of a recreational park, golf course, or sports complex
    Pest control
    Irrigation systems and sustainability practices
     

    What will my classes be like?

    You will start with an introduction to horticulture, where you will learn how plants grow through hands on experiences at TCD’s 13-acre campus, greenhouse,and nursery. Explore the careers available in this dynamic industry then choose a curriculum emphasis: Landscape Design; Landscape, Turf/Golf Course installation and maintenance; or Nursery/Greenhouse Management. Put your knowledge and creativity to work creating drawings by hand, then with the latest DynaSCAPE CAD software, and finally creating 3D computer-generated models with Google Sketch UP. Exercise your leadership skills by supervising installation and maintenance crews or overseeing the management of existing landscapes. Discover how plants and food are produced on a large scale or through innovations like TCD’s tilapia aquaculture lab. Plus, internships and job placement with a business partner will give you real life experiences!

     

    Course Goals/Objectives:

    The Landscape Design & Turf Management program focuses on making math and science relevant for students.  The approach used is called self-guided APPB-learning (activities, projects, and problem-based learning).  By engaging in hands-on, real-world projects, students understand how the material covered in class can be applied in their everyday lives. Learning activities will include teacher-led instruction, cooperative learning, and hands on project-based learning. Technology is used to enhance students learning, and provide real-world applications. 

    The Program teaches the basic skills and provides state-of-the-art information required to develop a strong foundation for a variety of career specialties within the residential, commercial, and recreational landscaping industry.  It also encourages professional standards, a strong work ethic and environmentally sound management practices and is designed to provide the student with the necessary skills at the apprentice level to begin work in a wide range of horticultural careers.

    Horticulture industry professionals from throughout the community serve as members of the program's Advisory Committee. These "hands-on" professionals provide guidance, expertise and leadership in enhancing the program's response to community and industry needs. They meet yearly with program staff members and administrators to review program goals and objectives.

    Course Outline:  

    Introduction to Horticulture(CORE SKILLS)

    ·        Introductionto Landscape and Design Management

    ·        Safety in the Workplace

    ·        Plant Classification

    ·        Plant Anatomy

    ·        Energy Conversion within Plants

    ·        Cultural Requirements for Plant Growth

    ·        Growing Media and Plant Nutrients

    ·        Plant Propagation

    ·        Plant Identification

    ·        Supervised Horticultural Experience

     

    Focus Area 1:  Landscape Design

    ·        Working with the Landscape Customer

    ·        Putting the Landscape Plan to Paper

    ·        Components of the Residential Landscape

    ·        Designing the Residential Landscape

    ·        Using the Principles of Art

    ·        Selecting Plants for the Landscape

    ·        Finalizing the Landscape Plan

    ·        Computer Aided Drafting

    ·        Pricing the Landscape Plan

     

    Focus Area 2:Landscape Construction and Maintenance

    ·        Preparing the site for planting

    ·        Irrigation Systems

    ·        Installing Fences and Walls

    ·        Installing Patios, Decks, and Walks

    ·        Landscape Lighting and Water Features

    ·        Installing Plant Materials

    ·        Maintaining Landscape Plants

    ·        Pruning Landscape Plants

    ·        Managing Landscape Pests

     

    Focus Area 3:Greenhouse/Nursery Management

    ·        Nursery Management

    ·        Producing Bedding Plants and Perennials

    ·        Managing the Landscape Business

    ·        Greenhouse Management

    ·        Fruit and Vegetable Crop Production

    ·        Aquaculture

     

    Focus Area 4: Turf / Golf Course Management
    • The role of water, nutrients, and types of grass species for turf development
    • Preparing a site for turf grass; establishment and development
    • Managing and maintaining a recreational park, golf course, sports complex
    • Pest Control
    • Irrigation systems and sustainability practices
     
     
    Assessment Standards/GradingPractices:
    • Grades will be calculated on a straight point basis.  Projects will be based on a scale of 1 to 100 points depending on the assignment or project.  Daily work and participation grades will be based on completion of goal work and projects. 
    • All students must put together and maintain a Portfolio to pass the class.   They will be checked periodically throughout semester. 


    College Credit Opportunities:

    Studentsin the Horticulture/Power Equipment Technology program here at TechnologyCenter of DuPage have the opportunity of receiving dual college credit hours through College of DuPage in the Horticulture Department.

     

    Horticulture1100

    Introduction to Horticulture (CORE SKILLS)

    3 credit hours

    Principles and practices in the development, production and use of horticultural crops.  Includes classification,structure, growth and development, environmental influences on horticultural plants, and vocational opportunities in the horticultural industries.  (2 lecture hours, 2 lab hours)

     

    Horticulture2211

    DynaSCAPE Design(DESIGN SKILLS)

    3 credit hours

    Introduction to computer-aided design and drafting using professional CAD software as a tool for landscape design.  This course utilizes the landscape-specific DynaSCAPE Software to develop skills and expertise in drafting and designing using a CAD system.  This interactive and very hands-on course is a unique and exciting way to learn how to navigate the CAD environment to generate base plans and plans.  Step-by-step processes, including detailed video overviews of the commands and software structure, are included.  An incremental manner of skill development,starting from the basics, is used, and gives first-time CAD operators ashortened learning curve to design productivity.  (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

    Horticulture2212

    DynaSCAPE DesignII  (DESIGN SKILLS)

    3 credit hours

    An Advanced in depth study and hands-on exposure to DynaSCAPE Design, Quote, and Color software. This course will take DynaSCAPE Design two steps further and will allow you to produce actual quotes from your computer aided designs and produce computer aided designs in color. DynaSCAPE Quote lets you produce professional quotes, material takeoffs,plant care packages and more, instantly from your drawings.  DynaSCAPE color is an advanced tool that gives you the ability to add an entire spectrum of subtle colorings, textures,opacities and shadings to any DynaSCAPE design to create beautiful full color versions of landscape design drawings in a fraction of the time it takes to color them by hand.  Pre-requisite HORT1821 DynaSCAPE Design.  (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

    Horticulture1112

    LandscapeMaintenance and Construction  (INSTALLATION & MAINTENANCE SKILLS)

    3 credit hours

    Landscape installation, maintenance and construction for residential, recreational and public grounds. 

    (2 lecture, 2 lab hours)

     

    Field Experiences/CompetitiveOpportunities:

    Students in the program are able to gain hands on experiences though the campuses 13acre lab area and through the paid summer internship program.  They are also enrolled as member of the FFA, the organization for students in agriculture education.  This organization, with nearly half a million students across the country is helping students find personal strengths,promoting leadership development, helping develop new talents and matching  skills and interests to the perfect career area.  It also provides opportunities for students to practice what they learn in class and apply those skills in Career Development Events/Competitions and the section, state, and national level. 

     

    Students signed up for dual credit also have the opportunity to participate with College of DuPage in the national PLANET Student Career Days which is an annual three-day competitive event among students enrolled in horticulture programs from colleges and universities across the country.   The students have the opportunity to compete in events that are directly related to the skills necessary for a career in the green industry.  The event also a Career Fair which gives the students opportunities to meet prospective employers in the industry and discuss employment opportunities. 

     

    College and Career Pathways:

    Architecture and Construction

    Design/Pre-Construction

    Construction

    Maintenance/Operations

     

    Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

    Food Products & Processing Systems

    Plant Systems

    Animal Systems

    Power, Structural & Technical Systems

    Natural Resource Systems

    Environmental Service Systems

    Agribusiness Systems

     

    For sample occupations and post-secondary educational

    requirements, visit: www.careertech.org and click on

    “Career Clusters & Pathways”

    Curriculum

    Placement Guidelines/Recommendations:

    We are confident that the Technology Center of DuPage experience is a positive and productive learning opportunity for DuPage County students.  With this in mind, the following academic guidelines are recommendations intended to assist in scheduling students for success. 

     

    Academic:

    ·        Attendance- Being present and actively participating in class. If absent, it is the students  

                          responsibility to see what he or she has missed and make that work up as soon as  

                          possible.

     

    ·        Mathematics- No Prerequisites

     

    ·        Reading/Writing- Suggested that students have a 9th -10th grade reading level. 

     

    ·        Science- No prerequisites for this course.

     

    Professional Skills:

    ·        Time Management-  Students need to apply themselves on a daily basis.

     

    ·        Personal Motivation-  Actively seeking and taking part in any undertaking relating to the chosen

                                                    skill area.

     

     

    ·        Problem-Solving Ability-  This course encourages and teaches students to problem solve and use

                                               critical thinking to solve problems.

     

    ·        Reliability/Dependability- Demonstration by the student that he/she can be relied upon to  

                                               do what is expected in class and in group work.