Advanced: Level III Courses (Horticulture)

The following courses are unique to the Horticulture major as of the 2012/13 academic year.

Level III 4-credit courses; unchanged for 2014/15:

AGBU3008 - AGRICULTURE INTERNSHIP

  • 4-credits
  • Summer
  • Level III
  • Duration: 6 weeks
Pre-requisite:
  • Lecturer's Approval Required.

Please see information for BIOL3412.

AGBU3012/AM312 - RESEARCH PROJECT

  • 4-credits
  • Semesters I & II
  • Level III
Pre-requisite:
  • none

A project within a subject area relevant to the student’s degree option. Students will be examined at the end of the semester in which they are registered.

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • identify a wide range of woody and herbaceous landscape plants,
  • schedule and perform basic landscape and turf maintenance tasks such as mowing, edging lawns; irrigation system adjustment and monitoring; selection and application of fertilizers; pruning of small trees, shrubs and vines; selection and application of pest control materials; and operating various types of landscape and turf maintenance equipment and tools;
  • discuss the importance and application of licensing laws and regulations pertaining to landscape contracting and maintenance,
  • design and apply landscape and turfgrass maintenance and management practices,
  • outline the major environmental issues (water conservation, water quality, salmon recovery, pesticide hazards, etc.) that affect the landscape and turfgrass industry,
  • devise, estimate and formulate the installation process for landscape projects.

Revised and presented as 3-credit courses as of 2012/13 Academic Year:

AGCP3405 - LANDSCAPE AND TURFGRASS PRODUCTION (Not offered 2017/2018)

  • 3-credits
  • Semester I
  • Level III
Pre-requisite:
  • BOTN2402 Physiology of Plants

Landscape and turfgrass production includes standards to prepare students for creating aesthetic and functional environments for homes, recreational and sporting facilities and businesses. This course includes site analysis and preparation, landscape drawing, plant selection, and installation. Maintenance of healthy attractive landscapes and turf areas will be emphasized. This will tool graduates for work in the private and public sector in the design and development of green spaces as well as their maintenance.

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • identify a wide range of woody and herbaceous landscape plants,
  • schedule and perform basic landscape and turf maintenance tasks such as mowing, edging lawns; irrigation system adjustment and monitoring; selection and application of fertilizers; pruning of small trees, shrubs and vines; selection and application of pest control materials; and operating various types of landscape and turf maintenance equipment and tools;
  • discuss the importance and application of licensing laws and regulations pertaining to landscape contracting and maintenance,
  • design and apply landscape and turfgrass maintenance and management practices,
  • outline the major environmental issues (water conservation, water quality, salmon recovery, pesticide hazards, etc.) that affect the landscape and turfgrass industry,
  • devise, estimate and formulate the installation process for landscape projects.

AGCP3406 - FRUIT CROP PRODUCTION (Not offered 2017/2018)

  • 3-credits
  • Semester II
  • Level III
Pre-requisites:
  • BOTN2401 Plant Form and Systematics; BOTN2402 Physiology of Plants

This course presents the specific principles associated with tropical fruit crop farming, the optimum growth and sustainable yield. It starts with the value of fruit crops, the production principles and the innovations and how they can be adapted to local prevailing conditions of a tropical country including ecological variables, farming systems and cultural practices. The course is essential for use in the fields of horticulture, agronomy and food science. It will tool graduates to meet the demands of the agriculture industry for new types of crops and sustainable production methods.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • classify tropical fruit crops and indicate their agronomic importance,
  • explain the steps to achieving high yield in a range of fruit crops,
  • demonstrate skills and knowledge in the field of "Best Agricultural Practices" of fruit crops production under tropical conditions,
  • identify and discuss fruit crops which have socio-economic potential for future development of the tropical region,
  • evaluate the research needs of the Jamaican fruit crop industry,
  • determine the role of fruits in human nutrition.

AGCP3407 - POSTHARVEST TECHNOLOGIES

  • 3-credits
  • Semester II
  • Level III
Pre-requisite:
  • BOTN2402 Physiology of Plants

This course will provide students with the basic knowledge and understanding of the ripening of crops and their senescence, as well as the different physiological and biochemical processes affecting the quality attributes of fresh crops. Details on the strategies and techniques to be utilised in the proper handling of fresh crops will also be explored. This will include the application of appropriate technologies to extend the shelf-life of crops, ensuring that they are maintained as “fresh as fresh”. Integrated and combined postharvest preservation technologies will also be considered and discussed.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • classify horticultural crops and indicate their importance,
  • practise harvesting handling for transportation of fresh crops,
  • explain the concepts of maturation, ripening and senescence of crops,
  • analyse the physiology of respiratory parameters of fresh crops,
  • apply storage technologies to control deterioration and decay of fresh crop and how to extend the shelf-life,
  • demonstrate skills in the field of postharvest technologies under tropical conditions,
  • design and develop appropriate Best Postharvest Practices in the tropics.

AGSL3001 - IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE TECHNIQUES (Not offered 2017/2018)

  • 3-credits
  • Semester I
  • Level III
Pre-requisite:
  • AGCP2001

Topics covered in this course:

  • Soil water potential and measurements; saturated /unsaturated water movement; water movement to roots; evaporation, evapotranspiration and consumptive use.
  • Sources of water; methods of water application.
  • Design, installation, operation and evaluation of irrigation systems; pumps and pumping for irrigation and drainage; drainage principles; types of drains; planning, design and installation of drainages systems.
  • Legal and administrative aspects of irrigation and drainage.

Getting More Information

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