CCOG for BI 163 Winter 2022
- Course Number:
- BI 163
- Course Title:
- Organic Gardening
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
- Lecture/Lab Hours:
- Lab Hours:
Addendum to Course Description
1. Fieldwork Statement
Fieldwork is a professional competence in many areas of Biology. Standard field practices include measurements of abiotic and biotic components. Fieldwork includes use of all the senses to make observations in natural and built environments. Field training may include developing skills in site characterization, measurement and data collection, application of key terms and concepts, species identification, and observation. Certain protocols may require use of equipment, chemicals, and expensive gear. Field training is experiential often leading to unique sets of observations/data in particular locations. Fieldwork may include inherent risks (uneven terrain, off-trail work with map & compass, variable weather, insects, environmental irritants, travel, stress, etc.). Fieldwork can be physically challenging and may require overland travel on foot or unusual means to field points, carrying field equipment (as well as food, water, and safety equipment), taking measurements under duress (learning new protocols, requiring remaining in an unusual posture or position for a length of time, timing pressures for certain procedures, holding organisms, variable weather, etc.), survival skills, orienteering, and so on.
2. Evolution Statement
To clarify the teaching of evolution and its place in the classroom, the Portland Community College Biology Departments stand by the following statements about what is science and how the theory of evolution is the major organizing theory in the discipline of the biological sciences.
- Science is a fundamentally non-dogmatic and self-correcting investigatory process. In science, a theory is neither a guess, dogma, nor myth. The theories developed through scientific investigation are not decided in advance, but can be and often are modified and revised through observation and experimentation.
- The theory of evolution meets the criteria of a scientific theory. In contrast, creation "science" is neither self-examining nor investigatory. Creation "science" is not considered a legitimate science, but a form of religious advocacy. This position is established by legal precedence (Webster v. New Lenox School District #122, 917 F. 2d 1004).
Biology instructors of Portland Community College will teach the theory of evolution not as absolute truth but as the most widely accepted scientific theory on the diversity of life. We, the Biology Subject Area Curriculum Committee at Portland Community College, therefore stand with such organizations as the National Association of Biology Teachers in opposing the inclusion of pseudo-sciences in our science curricula.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
Communicate effectively about organic gardening.
Independently and collaboratively utilize techniques and practices of organic gardening.
Demonstrate an understanding of chemical, biological and ecological processes related to organic gardening.
Collect and analyze data that apply to environmental or physical requirements for successful plant growth.
Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to analyze questions or problems that impact the community and/or environment using quantitative information.
General education philosophy statement
Organic Gardening BI 163 engages students directly in the study and current practices used in the growth of plants. Students will gain the ability to qualitatively and quantitatively identify and express the basic concepts of organic gardening. Consideration of community and environmental impacts are integral to this course and will be included in analysis of readings and in communication practice.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Assessment tasks may include any or all of the following:
Essay and multiple choice exams
Research paper on an organic gardening topic
Small projects and assignments
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Concepts and Themes:
Soil composition and parameters such as NPK and pH
Composting and compost tea production
Climate, heat units and microclimates
Basic plant anatomy and physiology
Culture of cool and warm season plants, annuals, biennials, and perennials.
Access relevant and valid information from the scientific literature.
Apply knowledge obtained from reading scientific literature.
Apply the scientific method
Utilize techniques and equipment used in organic gardening
Apply knowledge of plant physiology and soil chemistry to environmental issues
Describe current biotechnology issues as they relate to organic farming
Apply organic controls to common pest diseases – differentiate between fungal and bacterial disease, as well as identify cultural practices that prevent disease
Identify common insect pests and beneficial organisms in the garden
Access accurate technical information regarding current organic gardening practices
Solve problems in the context of organic gardening, independently and in collaboration with peers
Communicate using effective modes of presentation that are appropriate for peers and general readers or audiences
Explain and demonstrate common plant propagation techniques