Plant Science Syllabus

Plant Science


  1. Important Dates.


    Week 1-2 – Safety                             

                Week 3-4 – Standard 1

    Week 5-6 – Standard 1

    Week 7-8 – Standard 2

    Week 9-10 – Standard 2

    Week 11-12 – Standard 3

    Week 13-14 – Standard 3

    Week 15-16 – Standard 4

    Week 17-18 – Review & Mid-term

    Week 19-20 – Standard 5

    Week 21-22 – Standard 5

    Week 23-24 – Standard 6

    Week 25-26 – Standard 7

    Week 27-28 – Standard 8

    Week 29-30 – Standard 9

    Week 31-32 – Standard 10

    Week 34-36 – Review & Exam


  2. Rules


  • See Handbook for school rules.
  • No one uses shop bathroom.
  • Drinks/snacks are allowed until they become a problem.
  • The shop/office is not a lounge for students.
  • No students are to be behind the teacher’s desk.
  • Students are to respect the room and the shop.
  • Students are to respect each other.
  • No one is to leave the room or shop without the teacher’s permission.
  • Substitutes are to be respected as the regular teacher.
  • Please review the attached standards then sign and return to school.


  1. Grading Scale


    Tests/Lab Activities               75%

    Midterm/Final                       25%

    Total                                       100%





  2. Vineyard

    We are proud to announce that we have started a small vineyard on campus here at Hampshire.  We are working with the local winery’s to eventually be able to produce our own brand of grape juice and grape cider.  The students will be using the vineyard to put what is learned in class to use.  With that being said, we are planning on tour the local winery’s to learn how to manage our vineyard and how to harvest the grapes (Dates TBA).  If you do not want your student to tour the winery’s on those days, we will find an alternative activity for them to engage in.  They will not lose grade points for not going on the tours.  We are raising the vineyard to aid in learning and to show how people can have a functioning farm enterprise on a small plot of land.  We are not promoting wine making or consumption.  The grapes we have chosen to grow are Concord Grapes.  They are used for grape juice, table grapes, and of course wine.  We are focused on the juice and table grape production.  Although your student can be excused from the tours, I cannot excuse them from the on-campus responsibilities of the vineyard.  If you have any questions, please contact me at the school.  My information is list in the next section.


  3. Dual Credit


    This class is a Dual Credit Class.  Towards the end of the school year, the students will be given a “challenge exam”.  If they score high enough on the exam, they will be given college credit.  There is a cost for the exam and more info will be given as I receive it.



  4. Other info


This year, we will be using the ICEV program for the majority of this class.  I will have lab activities that aid in the learning process.  This program allows the students to work online at their own pace to cover the material.  The grades will be taken from the program and loaded into the INOW student management system.  I will hopefully upload grades every two weeks.  You can check your students progress by either logging on to the INOW account or by asking your student to log on to the ICEV program.  Each student will have their own password to access the lessons.  I will give a deadline for each lesson.  If the student has not completed the lessons by the deadline they cannot receive full credit.  If you have any concerns or questions concerning the material covered in this class, feel free to call me at 931-285-2300 ext. 4040 or email me at  I am asking you as the parent to sign in the spaces below letting me know that you have received and reviewed the standards for this class.  Your student will not be allowed to begin the lab activities until the signatures are returned to me (You can keep the top portion for your records) .  I will go over the standards in class with the students.  Please list any medical issues that you feel I should know about your student.  Thanks for your time.


Jon Paul Jones





Plant Science




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Statewide Dual Credit Learning Objectives  Introduction to Plant Science (AGRI 1030)



Topics Covered

1. Plant Anatomy and Physiology

2. Plant Reproduction/Propagation

3. Plant Injuries and Their Control/Integrated Pest Management

4. Plant Nutrition and Culture

5. Plant Classifications (Forage/Food)

6. Cropping/Growing Systems

7. Greenhouse Growing Structures/Production Techniques

8. Beginning and Promoting an Ornamental Horticulture Business/Career

9. Human Relations/Personnel Management


Learning Objectives 


1. Plant Anatomy and Physiology

a. Summarize the role of each cell structure in plant development.

b. Evaluate the importance of various plant tissues in plant development.

c. Summarize the contribution of each organ within the plant body.

d. Evaluate the stages of plant growth and development.

e. Compare the various stages of plant reproduction.

f. Recommend appropriate plant growth regulators for various plants. 


2. Soil and Climate


a. Assess the significance of Solar Radiation to plant growth.

b. Illustrate the hydrological cycle and discuss its significance to plant growth and development.

c. Analyze the contributions of temperature and air movement to the total atmospheric composition.

d. Discuss the factors involved in soil formation.

e. Examine the physical and chemical properties of the soil.

f. Appraise the importance of organic substances to soil health.

g. Identify factors that lead to soil degradation.


 3. Plant Reproduction/Propagation 


a. Develop an understanding of plant genetic.

b. Contrast mitosis and meiosis and explain the significance of each.

c. Explain the importance of plant breeding.

d. Hypothesize the future influence of biotechnology on the plant industry.

e. Evaluate the significance of sexual propagation of plants.

f. Assess the effectiveness of various types of asexual propagation of plants.

g. Defend the need for Germplasm.


 4. Plant Injuries and Their Control/Integrated Pest Management


a. Discuss the effects of pesticides on the environment and human health.

b. Evaluate the significance of Integrated Pest Management.

c. Properly identify various weeds, insects, mites, and plant diseases.

d. Compare the various methods of injury control.

e. Suggest appropriate control measures for plant injuries.

f. Align the stages of the disease cycle.

g. Demonstrate proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


5. Plant Nutrition and Culture


a. Summarize the role of water in maintaining plant health.

b. Identify the essential nutrients needed for plant growth.

c. Distinguish the difference in major and minor plant nutrients.

d. Discuss the influence of soil/media pH on nutrient availability.

e. Choose an appropriate fertilizer and application method.  


6. Plant Classifications (Forage/Food)


a. Identify examples of field crops, forage crops, vegetable crops and fruit crops.

b. Identify common uses of field crops, forage crops, vegetable crops and fruit crops. c. Describe common production practices for field crops, forage crop vegetable         crops and fruit crops.

d. Evaluate the economic impact of field crops, forage crops, vegetable crops and fruit crops.


7. Cropping/Growing Systems


a. Evaluate the factors that influence site selection of a nursery.

b. Compare various growing methods for nursery production.

c. Identify various environmental factors that influence landscape plant selection.

d.   Choose appropriate irrigation systems for a variety of plant production systems.



8. Greenhouse Growing Structures/Production Techniques


a. Evaluate the factors that influence site selection of a greenhouse. 

b. Identify strengths and weaknesses of various greenhouse structures.

c. Discuss the advantage of automated environmental controls in a greenhouse.

d. Create a greenhouse growing schedule.

e. Calculate the economic value of a variety of greenhouse crops.

f. Design a layout for a greenhouse structure.

g. Defend the benefits of hydroponic production in comparison to soil-based production.

h. Formulate a list of materials needed for the construction of a hydroponic system.


9. Beginning and Promoting an Ornamental Horticulture Business/Career


a. Evaluate the factors in choosing a horticultural production system.

b. Maintain adequate records that support sound, business decisions.

c. Develop a post-harvest handling plan for a horticultural crop.

d. Present a marketing plan for a horticultural business.

e. Design an effective transportation plan for a horticultural business. 


10.   Human Relations/Personnel Management


a. Identify leadership skills necessary for effective management.

b. Demonstrate adequate communication skills.

c. Role-Play a sale that illustrates good salesmanship.