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Agricultural Education
AG00010
Introduction to Horticulture
120.00
Introduction to Horticulture is a one-credit course that is offered as the first course in the pathway in schools with a horticultural emphasis. It is for students who wish to develop knowledge and skills related to ornamental horticulture, including floristry, landscaping, turf, and greenhouse production. Content includes species and importance of horticultural plants, plant safety, plants as living organisms, sexual and asexual reproduction, plant growth, and cultural practices, including the use of greenhouses and other growing structures. Disease and pest management, plant nutrition, and growth regulation are included. FFA and supervised experience are included as appropriate.
Kurt Murray
(405) 743-5489
kmurr@okcareertech.org
Introduction to Agriscience



Unit
IHO1: Importance and use of horticultural plants and products (10 hours)



Benchmark
IHO1-1: Students will discuss the importance of horticulture plants.



Benchmark
IHO1-2: Students will list and describe major areas of the horticulture
industry.



Benchmark
IHO1-3: Students will relate plant domestication to horticulture.



Benchmark
IHO1-4: Students will identify the roles of technology, including
biotechnology, in horticulture.



Benchmark
IHO1-5: Students will explain hydroponics and describe how it is practiced in
horticulture production.



Unit
IHO2: Career entry and advancement in horticulture industries (4 hours)



Benchmark
IHO2-1: Students will identify occupations in horticulture industries and the
competencies needed for occupational entry.

Benchmark
IHO2-2: Students will name and describe important interpersonal skills for
success in horticulture careers.



Unit
IHO3: Horticulture safety (3 hours)



Benchmark
IHO3-1: Students will assess safety situations in horticulture work and choose
appropriate safety practices.



Benchmark
IHO3-2: Students will properly select, use, and maintain personal protective
equipment when working in horticulture.



Unit
IHO4: Sustainable horticulture production (10 hours)



Benchmark
IHO4-1: Students will explain the meaning and importance of sustainable
horticulture production.



Benchmark
IHO4-2: Students will discuss the meaning and use of resource conservation in
horticulture production.



Benchmark
IH04-3: Students will compare and contrast organic methods of production with
traditional methods.



Benchmark
IHO4-4: Students will identify common annual, biennial, and perennial
horticultural plants in the local area.



Unit
IHO5: Plant biology (20 hours)



Benchmark
IHO5-1: Students will explain plant life cycles and classify important plants
by life cycle.



Benchmark
IHO5-2: Students will identify and explain the functions of the major
vegetative parts of plants.



Benchmark
IHO5-3: Students will distinguish between sexual and asexual reproduction of
plants.



Benchmark
IHO5-4: Students will identify and explain the functions of major reproductive
parts of plants.



Benchmark
IHO5-5: Students will explain the importance of seed in plant reproduction.



Benchmark
IHO5-6: Students will name and explain important methods of asexual plant
propagation.



Benchmark
IHO5-7: Students will discuss the importance of plant genetics and breeding.



Unit
IHO6: Plant growth (20 hours)



Benchmark
IHO6-1: Students will discuss the cellular structure of plants.



Benchmark
IHO6-2: Students will discuss processes in plant growth.



Benchmark
IHO6-3: Students will identify the role of hormones in plant growth and
development.



Benchmark
IHO6-4: Students will explain the meaning and importance of photosynthesis and
respiration.



Benchmark
IHO6-5: Students will name the nutrients needed for plant growth and
development and describe the functions of major nutrients.



Unit
IHO7: Soil science and media (17 hours)



Benchmark
IHO7-1: Students will discuss the meaning and importance of soil.



Benchmark
IHO7-2: Students will identify the constituents of soil and relationship to
soil texture.



Benchmark
IHO7-3: Students will describe how soil is formed.



Benchmark
IHO7-4: Students will explain soil fertility and relationship to plant
productivity.



Benchmark
IHO7-5: Students will explain soil pH and identify ways of modifying pH.



Benchmark
IHO7-6: Students will discuss nutrient diagnostic procedures and make a soil
sample.



Benchmark
IHO7-7: Students will relate the meaning and importance of land and its
classification.



Benchmark
IHO7-8: Students will explain the qualities of good media and prepare media to
use with particular crops.



Unit
IHO8: Plant propagation (9 hours)



Benchmark
IHO8-1: Students will explain the sexual propagation of plants and identify
conditions essential for seed germination.



Benchmark
IHO8-2: Students will demonstrate the sexual propagation of selected
horticultural plants.



Benchmark
IHO8-3: Students will demonstrate the use of bulbs, corms, and tubers in the
propagation of selected plants.



Benchmark
IHO8-4: Students will explain the meaning and use of asexual propagation with
selected crops.



Unit
IHO9: Plant cultural practices (20 hours)



Benchmark
IHO9-1: Students will identify cultural conditions essential for plant
productivity.



Benchmark
IHO9-2: Students will explain the meaning and use of fertilizers and soil
amendments.



Benchmark
IHO9-3: Students will explain the meaning and use of integrated pest
management.



Benchmark
IHO9-4: Students will explain the meaning and use of irrigation in
horticultural crop production.



Benchmark
IHO9-5: Students will identify the requirements for chemical applicator
certification in horticulture.



Benchmark
IHO9-6: Students will demonstrate skills in culturing a horticultural crop.



Unit
IHO10: Agricultural education (7 hours)



Benchmark
IHO10-1: Students will manage an appropriate supervised experience in
horticulture.



Benchmark
IHO10-2: Students will identify opportunities for participation and advancement
in the FFA related to horticulture.



Note: Areas of horticultural food
crop safety are included in the Introduction to Food Science course.







Horticulture:
Field Technician - CTTC

or

Horticulture:
Florist Assistant - CTTC

or

Horticulture:
Landscape Maintenance Technician - CTTC

or

Horticulture:
Nursery Technician

http://www.okcareertech.org/testing/Skills_Standards/Agriculture_Career_Cluster.htm



Greenhouse Grower's
Association

Oklahoma Turfgrass
Resource Foundation

State Florist Association

State Nurserymen's Association



http://www.okplantid.org This is a website produced by Oklahoma State University for plant identification.




Horticultural CDE information. Oklahoma State University website

http://www.okstate.edu/ag/asnr/hortla/needham/extension/ffa/ffa_cde.html





On-line lesson plan library, CAERT, Inc.
http://www.mycaert.com


Introduction to Horticulture-CIMC

Soil, Plant and Crop Science-CIMC

Greenhouse Management and Operations-CIMC

Supplemental VHS and DVDs - CIMC

http://www.okcareertech.org/cimc/



Introduction to Horticulture, Schroeder, et al, 4th Edition 2004; Prentice Hall Interstate

http://www.prenticehall.com/

Introductory Horticulture, Reiley. Delmar Publishing, 2007.

http://www.agriculture.delmar.cengage.com

Plant Production

http://www.cevmultimedia.com/agpathwaylist.php
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Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Plant and Soil Science Horticultural Plant and Soil Science