Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
LAT 111
Course Title:
Landscape Construction Practices
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Course Description

Basic materials, safety, equipment and techniques used in the construction of landscapes. Basic tool and hardware identification and use in fences, decks, hardscapes, planters and retaining walls. Hands-on projects in wood, concrete, stone, and modular pavers. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Students will be completing 4-5 landscape consturction projects in outdoor labs.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • Safely operate power equipment and tools used on the industry.
  • Identify, by name and function, hand tools and hardware typically used in the landscape industry.
  • Understand construction techniques used in the installation of fencing, retaining walls, arbors, concrete walks, brick and stone paving, and landscape edging.
  • Learn to work as a crew to complete projects to specifications.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Written mid-term and final exams.
  • Evaluation of crew construction projects
  • Completion of performance competencies.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Tractor and Chainsaw Operation
  • Power Tool Usage
  • Materials and Fastener Identification and Usage
  • Concrete
  • Wooden Decks
  • Fences
  • Brickwork
  • Stonework
  • Retaining Walls
  • Water Features