OLP102 - Landscape Plants - Natives

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Last revision date 2017-05-29 00:41:50.861
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Subject Title
Landscape Plants - Natives

Subject Description
This course provides an overview of plant and ecosystem relationships, through a brief review of ecosystem ecology, botany and plant physiology as it relates to choosing and planting a variety of native plants.  The plant identification component emphasizes native landscape plants including annuals, perennials, shrubs, deciduous and evergreen trees which are commonly used in the ornamental landscape for the temperate and colder northern hemisphere.

This course partially satisfies the certificate requirements for the Sustainable Landscape Design program at Humber College and the Diploma in Organic Land Care program at Gaia College. Continuing Education Credits can also be earned to maintain industry certifications (ISA, CNLA, BCSLA, SOUL).

Credit Status
One credit (42 hours) toward the Organic Land Care Fundamentals – Level 1 Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Recognize what a biome and ecosystem are, and how plants have adapted to the growing conditions of their home environment.
  2. Describe basic plant physiology as it relates to plant adaptation and plant identification.
  3. Identify the plants on the study lists using morphological characteristics.
  4. Select plants for different landscape uses based on specific needs and ecological sustainability.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

Discrimination/Harassment
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Prerequisite(s)
None

Topic Outline
Module 1:  Why and how ecosystems arise/ Importance of biodiversity
Module 2:  What does “native” mean?/ Cultural requirements of plants
Module 3: Taxonomy & nomenclature/ Plant physiology
Module 4:  Plant Identification, identification keys, and databases
Module 5:  Specialized ecosystems: wetlands, rivers/ponds, rock outcroppings/slopes, bottomlands
Module 6:  Plant Research
Module 7:  Invasive plants
Module 8:  Garden design – creating balanced communities
Module 9:  What should you plant? Plant availability

Mode of Instruction
This course will be delivered via the internet. This involves the use of the online materials and/or text, possible group discussions and consultation with your instructor via the online course platform. Students will be responsible for completing all online activities and participating in group discussions and working through textbook readings, quizzes, assignments, as required.This course will be delivered via the internet. This involves the use of the online materials and/or text, possible group discussions and consultation with your instructor via the online course platform. Students will be responsible for completing all online activities and participating in group discussions and working through textbook readings, quizzes, assignments, as required.

Prescribed Texts

Title: Bringing Nature Home
Author: Douglas Tallamy
Publisher: Timber Press, Inc., 2009
Edition:  
ISBN: 13-978-0-88192-992-8

Reference Material

Title: Recommended (the definitive Plant Catalogue – maybe also available in local libraries): The Botanical Garden Volume I Trees and Shrubs
Author: Roger Phillips and Martyn Rix
Publisher:  Firefly Books Canada, 2002
Edition:   
ISBN: 1-55297-591-6
   
Title: Recommended (the definitive Plant Catalogue – maybe also available in local libraries): The Botanical Garden Volume II Perennials and Annuals
Author: Roger Phillips and Martyn Rix
Publisher: Firefly Books Canada, 2002
Edition:   
ISBN: 1-55297-592-4

Required Supplies
None

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
OR
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.


Modes of Evaluation
Assignments

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams/Tests
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism almost guarantees an inability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  The value of missed tests, at the discretion of the Faculty, will be added to other evaluation components.

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:  http://library.senecacollege.ca

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Online
Assignments and Grading

Detailed assignment pages will be available for each assignment.

Discussion Board Commentaries and Responses (4) 15%
Major Assignment  45%
Field Trip Assignments 20%
Tests (6) 20%
 
A passing grade in this course requires a total of 100% for all tests (multiple attempts are encouraged) and a minimum of 75% for the total written assignments and a minimum of 75% for the discussion participation.  A certificate of completion with a final grading of Excellent (over 90%) or Satisfactory (75 – 89%) will be awarded when the minimum passing grade has been achieved. Below passing grade of 75% constitutes a failing grade (Unsatisfactory).

All the academic policies of the College at which you registered apply. This includes, but is not limited to policies related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.

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Approved by: Denis Gravelle