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Department of Plant Sciences
Fall Semester, 2010
A. Instructor:
Dr. Chiwon William Lee, Professor of Horticulture
Office: Room 266F, Loftsgard Hall
Phone: 701-231-8062 (office), 701-361-9411 (cell)
E-mail: [email protected]
B. Classes:
Class hours: 10:00-10:50 a.m., Mon, Wed, Fri
Place: Room 114, Loftsgard Hall
C. Internet:
D. Bulletin Description
Principles of plant classification, structure, function, growth, propagation, culture and use of
horticultural crops. Covers vegetable and fruit production in the home garden, growing flowers and
planting flower beds, and landscaping principles and materials.
E. General Education
a. Expected Outcomes: This is a general education course (science and technology) with two
intended outcomes: a) comprehend concepts and methods of inquiry in science and technology,
and analyze their applications for society, and b) integrate knowledge and ideas in a coherent and
meaningful manner to interpret and analyze data and determine a solution to the data.
b. Student Activities: In order to achieve the two desired outcomes of general education, students
are expected to attain a high level of confidence in comprehending the scientific principles and
knowledge in horticulture and apply them for practical use in a meaningful manner. By
completing this class, students are expected to become capable of understanding and analyzing
scientific data and information critically and coherently in solving problems related to
horticulture. Regular class attendance, completion of quizzes, hourly exams, homework
assignments, pre-and post-tests, group activities, and participation in plant growing practices are
F. Related Course: PLSC 211-Horticultue Science Lab (1 cr.), 4 sections, a hands-on exercise class. See
instructor for additional information.
A. Rationale
Horticulture touches every day of one’s life by way of nutritious fruits and vegetables, decorative
plants around the home, flowers that convey sentiment or love, recreational parks or trees that
beautify streets. Gardening is considered a favorite pastime in American life. Many businesses thrive
on horticultural products, services, and enterprises. This course introduces the subject of horticulture
to beginning students.
B. Goals
This course is designed to provide the scientific principles and practices of horticulture. By
completing this class, the student will be horticulturally literate and have workable knowledge on:
the role of horticulture in society,
classification of horticultural crops,
the structure and function of plants,
differentiation, growth and reproduction of plants,
control of light, temperature, and nutrition for horticultural crops,
methods for propagation, pruning and training of plants,
breeding and improvement of crop plants,
production, handling, and marketing of major horticultural crops including fruits, vegetables,
flowers and trees,
9) aesthetics of horticulture,
10) horticultural biotechnology, and
11) comprehension of items 1-10 to interpret and analyze data and provide meaningful suggestions
for solving horticultural problems.
A. Textbook
Jules Janick. 1987. Horticultural Science, 4th ed., Freeman and Company, New York. 746 pp.
B. Lecture Handouts
A bound copy of lecture handouts is available at the University Bookstore.
C. Other Materials
Other reference materials are placed in the Plant Sciences Learning Resource Center and Room 266,
Loftsgard Hall, and the reference reserve room of the Main Library.
A. General Introduction: a) definition and terms, b) role of horticulture, c) careers in horticulture.
B. Horticultural Biology: a) plant classification, b) structure of horticultural plants, c) growth and
metabolism, c) differentiation and development, d) plant reproduction.
C. Horticultural Environment: a) soils and growing media, b) water and irrigation, c) light control, d)
temperature control, e) atmosphere.
D. Horticultural Technology: a) plant propagation, b) plant nutrition, c) training and pruning, d) plant
growth regulation, e) plant protection, f) plant improvement, g) post-harvest physiology.
E. Horticultural Industry
a. Horticultural geography
b. Horticultural production systems
c. Horticultural crops
d. Aesthetics of horticulture
F. Horticultural Biotechnology
a. Areas of emphasis
b. Potentials and limitations
c. Current trends
A. Lectures
Class will be taught mainly by lectures. Most lectures will be given with overhead presentation,
frequently accompanying slide shows, video tapes, and demonstrations.
B. Reading Assignments
You are required to read the assigned chapters prior to each lecture period. Start a habit of reading at
the beginning of the class and keep your effort throughout the semester. The lectures may not cover
all the information in each chapter, however, some quiz and exam questions will be asked from the
reading assignments.
C. Note Taking
Students are recommended to download and print out lecture notes from the class homepage prior to
each lecture period. Both the text version and PowerPoint presentation are available for downloading.
Additional information will be added to the student version of handout for each chapter during the
lecture period. Good note taking is highly desirable for good grades.
A. Practice on Interior Plants
Each week, an interior plant species will be identified with scientific name, cultivars, origin, growth
characteristics, propagation, interiorscaping needs.
B. Greenhouse Production
Students will get hands-on experience in growing selected flowering plants in the greenhouse.
Students are expected to volunteer several hours of work for planting, watering, fertilizing, pinching,
growth regulation, and pest control throughout the semester.
A. Quizzes
There will be six quizzes given every other week, usually on Friday. Each quiz is worth 20 points and
a total of 100 points for 5 quizzes (one with the lowest score dropped).
B. Homework
Four homework assignments will be given throughout the semester (25 points each, 100 points total).
C. Examinations
Four hourly examinations, each with 100 points, are given throughout the semester (a total of 400
D. Study Guides and Help Sessions
Study guides are given for each exam, except for the final exam which will be comprehensive. No
study guides are available for quizzes. Evening help sessions may be given for three midterm exams
for those who need reviews.
A. Total Points
--------------------------------------------------Quizzes (5)
Exam I
Exam II
Exam III
Final Exam
B. Grading Scale
below 60%
You are required to take a pre-test for the course material during the first week of class and
complete the post-test during the last week of regular classes. These tests are administered via an
internet web site (, click on pre- or posttests). Those who participate in both the pre- and post-tests will receive 10 extra bonus points
on their final grades. Students are also required to complete a survey of questions regarding their
learning experience in this class at the end of the semester.
1. Students with Special Needs
Any student with disabilities or other special needs, who needs special accommodations in this
course, is invited to share these concerns or requests with the instructor as soon as possible.
Students can also contact the Counseling Center (231-7671, to
arrange for appropriate accommodations.
2. Dishonesty
A student has the privilege and responsibility to perform honestly and responsibly as specified by
the Honor System of the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources
( Students are required to sign a pledge “Upon my
honor, I have neither given nor received skid in completing this test.” before turning in an exam.
Academic dishonesty can be divided into four categories and defined as: a) cheating intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information or study aids in any
academic exercise, b) fabrication - intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any
information or citation in an academic exercise, c) facilitating academic dishonesty - intentionally
or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to commit an act of academic dishonesty, and
d) plagiarism - intentionally or knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s
own in any academic exercise. Any indication of dishonesty will be reported to the Honor
Commission made up of students. The instructor also has the privilege of deducting points if he
deems that the action is warranted.
3. Office Hours
Office hours for the instructor: 8:30 a.m.-12:00, Tues and Thurs. Please put your name on the
appointment calendar on the door (Room 266F, Loftsgard Hall) for office visits. You may also
arrange for an appointment by e-mail ([email protected]) or telephone (office 701-231-8062,
cell 701-361--9411).
PLSC 210 - Lecture Schedule
Fall Semester, 2010
Lecture Topic*
Reading Assignment
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------Aug 25 Wed
General introduction
Aug 27 Fri
Introduction to horticulture
Chapt 1
Aug 30 Mon
Plant classification
Chapt 2
Sep 1
Plant classification
Chapt 2
Sep 3
Plant classification
Quiz 1
Chapt 2
Sep 6
(No class-Labor Day)
Sep 8
Plant structure
Chapt 3
Sep 10 Fri
Plant structure
Chapt 3
Sep 13 Mon
Plant structure
Chapt 3
Sep 15 Wed
Growth and metabolism
Chapt 4
Sep 17 Fri
Public horticulture (video)
Quiz 2
Sep 20 Mon
Growth and metabolism
Chapt 4
Sep 22 Wed
Exam I
Sep 24 Fri
Differentiation and development
Chapt 5
Sep 27 Mon
Differentiation and development
Chapt 5
Sep 29 Wed
Differentiation and development
Chapt 5
Oct 1
Quiz 3
Chapt 6
Oct 4
Chapt 6
Oct 6
Soil and growing media
Chapt 7
Oct 8
Soil and growing media
Chapt 7
Oct 11 Mon
Chapt 9
Oct 13 Wed
Chapt 9
Oct 15 Fri
Greenhouses (video)
Quiz 4
Chapt 9
Oct 18 Mon
Chapt 10
Oct 20 Wed
Exam II
Oct 22 Fri
Chapt 10
Oct 25 Mon
Chapt 10
Oct 27 Wed
Plant propagation
Chapt 12
Oct 29 Fri
Plant propagation
Quiz 5
Chapt 12
Nov 1 Mon
Plant propagation
Chapt 12
Nov 3 Wed
Mineral nutrition
Chapt 13
Nov 5 Fri
Mineral nutrition
Chapt 13
Nov 8 Mon
Mineral nutrition
Chapt 13
Nov 10 Wed
Pruning and training
Chapt 14
Nov 12 Fri
Pruning and training
Quiz 6
Chapt 14
Nov 15 Mon
Pruning and training
Chapt 14
Nov 17 Wed
Exam III
Nov 19 Fri
Plant growth regulation
Chapt 15
Nov 22 Mon
Plant growth regulation
Chapt 15
Nov 24 Wed
Plant growth regulation
Chapt 15
Nov 26 Fri
(No class-Thanksgiving Recess)
Nov 29 Mon
Dec 1 Wed
Horticultural geography
Chapt 19
Dec 3 Fri
Biotechnology in horticulture
Dec 6 Mon
Commercial horticulture (guest lecture)
Dec 8 Wed
Horticultural practices in North Dakota (guest lecture)
Dec 10 Fri
Open discussion
Dec 13 Mon
Final Exam (1:00-3:00 p.m.)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------*Lecture topics and dates are subject to change.