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Prerequisites: 11th or 12th grade enrollment
Level: 11th or 12th grade
Credits: 1– vocational

Horticulture is a course that examines the science of plants, and growing plants. Horticulture prepares students for careers and continuing education in the growing field of plant production and greenhouse management. This course is designed for upper level students and/or students who have completed Introduction to Agriculture or Environmental Biology. This course is one year in length and upon successful completion of this course with a D or higher, 1 credit will be earned.                         

Course Description
Horticulture is a science course that is designed to develop knowledge and skills in the following areas: plant identification; floral design; using soil and other plant growing media; propagating horticultural plants; basics of growing horticultural in greenhouse and nursery settings; constructing, maintaining, and using plant-growing structures; proper design and installation of landscapes, turf grass care and management.  Agribusiness units will cover operating a horticultural business, pricing work, advertising, and sales.  Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus.  Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.

Course Objectives/Goals

  • Students will learn about the FFA organization and develop academic and leadership skills through participation in FFA events.
  • Students will learn about the horticulture industry.
  • Students will explore career areas in the horticulture industry.
  • Students will learn to identify plants using the system of taxonomy
  • Students will understand and explain plant anatomy.
  • Students will construct greenhouse models and explain the functionality.
  • Students will learn and explain plant physiology.
  • Students will design and implement landscape designs.
  • Students will learn the basics to flower design and will arrange flowers.

Student Expectations
It is important that students in this class keep an open mind and respect the differences in student ability, backgrounds and beliefs. All students are expected to come to class on time, be prepared, and participate on a daily basis. Students will be expected to follow all rules listed and described in the Steeleville High School Student Handbook. It is expected that students wear appropriate attire (safety glasses, closed-toe shoes, protective clothing, etc.) during shop work. All students enrolled in Introduction to the Agricultural Industry will be required to keep an updated SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience). Students will be expected to arrive daily with a writing utensil, note pad, and calculator.

Teaching Methods
Introduction to the Agricultural Industry is a course taught through a wide variety of teaching methods, but with a dominant focus through hands-on learning. Students will learn through class lecture, small group discussion, class debate, laboratory exercises, video, readings, independent study, games, guest speakers, and both individual and group projects. 

Students will be assessed through regular completion of homework, projects, class participation, labs, and Supervised Agriculture Experiences. Quizzes will assess students throughout each unit and a test will be given upon completion of each unit.

Plant ID quizzes will be taken every two weeks. Students can re-take each plant ID quiz as man times as they choose, keeping the highest grade earned. However, re-takes must be done prior to the class receiving the plant ID quiz (i.e. there is a 2 week window to redo quizzes.

Grading Policy
The school’s standard grading scale will be used in the class

A        89.5% - 100%                   B        79.5 – 89.4%                    C          69.5% - 79.4%
D       59.5% - 69.4%

Missed/Late Work
Late homework assignments will automatically be dropped 25%, unless prior arrangements have been made or the missed assignment was due to an excused absence. Missed quizzes or tests due to an unexcused absence will result in a zero. Make-up dates will be allowed for all quizzes and tests missed due to an excused absence.

Academic Honesty
Academic integrity is a vital component for individual success within Steeleville’s Agriculture Department. Plagiarism and cheating by any student will result in a zero for the grade of the assignment and will follow punishment described in the student handbook.

A variety of text material will be given in this course. The primary text material will be MyCaert Agriculture Education State Curriculum readings. Text material will also include, but is not limited to, various textbook chapters, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, Internet articles, news articles, and short narrative briefs.


Basic Horticulture Science

Introduction to Basic Horticultural Science


Course Syllabus, Rules, and Procedures

Introduction to Nation FFA Organization

Module 1

National FFA Organization

Module 2

Illinois FFA Association

Module 3

Steeleville FFA Chapter

Exploring the Horticulture Industry

Module 4

Understanding Horticulture

Module 5

Determining the Importance of the Horticulture Industry

Module 6

Exploring Career Opportunities

Understanding Plant Anatomy

Module 7

Classifying Ornamental Plants

Module  8

Understanding Root Anatomy

Module 9

Understanding Stem Anatomy

Module 10

Understanding Leaf Anatomy & Morphology

Module 11

Understanding Flower Anatomy

Greenhouse Crop Production

Module 12

Exploring Greenhouse Structures

Module 13

Controlling the Greenhouse Climate

Module 14

Using Automated Systems in the Greenhouse

Module 15

Managing the Greenhouse Business



Understanding Plant Physiology

Module 16

Understanding Light, Temperature, Air, and Water

Module 17

Understanding Plant Growth Regulators

Integrated Pest Management

Module 18

Understanding Integrated Pest Management

Module 19

Determining the Kinds of Pests

Residential Landscape Design

Module 20

Analyzing the Residential Landscape

Module 21

Designing the Landscape Area

Module 22

Beginning the Design Process

Module 23

Choosing Plants for the Landscape

Module 24

Applying the Principles of Art to the Landscape

Landscape Maintenance

Module 25

Pruning Landscape Plants

Module 26

Installing a Landscape


School Project

Floral Design

Module 27

Basics of Floral Design

Module 28

Creating a Floral Arrangement

SAE- Continual All Year

Plant Identification- Continual All Year



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