AG-101 Introduction to Agriculture

Course Description:

This course provides an orientation to agricultural careers and the agriculture major by laying down the basic principles of crop, animal, soil science, forestry, resource conservation, pest management, aquaculture, food science and nutrition, marketing and extension.

  • This course also meets PLO #(s) 1 – 4 of Agriculture and Natural Resources Management program.

A. PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs):
The student will be able to:
1. Acquire fundamental concepts and principles of land resources focusing towards development and production in a sustainable manner appropriate in Micronesia.
2. Demonstrate basic competencies in the management of land resources and food production.
3. Acquire basic skills, knowledge and attitude to manage a sustainable food production enterprise or qualify for entry-level employment in an agriculture or natural resource management-related agency.
4. Acquire a sound scientific background that will allow transfer to a higher degree program related to land resources and food systems.

B. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs)- GENERAL:
The student will be able to:
1. Describe the historical development in agriculture.
2. Describe how to manage the natural resources in a sustainable manner.
3. Identify and explain the major plant parts and functions and manage a home garden.
4. Describe the nutritional requirement of animals, and how to best maintain animal health and demonstrate management practices.
5. Conduct and design an experiment or project.

SLO

PLO 1

PLO 2

PLO 3

PLO 4

1

I

ID

DM

DM

2

I

ID

DM

DM

3

IDM

DM

DM

DM

4

DM

DM

DM

DM

5

DM

DM

DM

DM

 

I = Introduced
D = Demonstrated
M = Mastered

C. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs)-SPECIFIC:
The student will be able to:

 

General SLO 1. Describe the historical development in agriculture.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

1.1 Articulate the influences of early cultures and geography on current day agriculture.

Test Questions

1.2 Describe how agriculture affects the world economically, culturally, politically and environmentally.

Test Questions, Oral presentations

1.3 Discuss and explain the milestones in development of agriculture.

Test Questions, Oral presentations

1.4 Describe how agriculture is related with the following natural sciences: biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics.

Group discussions, test questions

 

General SLO 2.Describe how to manage the natural resources in a sustainable manner.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

2.1 Explain the dangers of water table depletion and conservation methods.

Test questions, group presentations

2.2 Describe soil and water conservation methods.

Essay, test questions

2.3 Explain the concept of an ecosystem.

Test questions, surveys of ecosystems

2.4 Explain the concept of natural succession.

Test questions

2.5. Explain how physical properties affect soil fertility.

Test questions and lab report

2.6. Explain the concept of Agriculture Sustainability in regards to Equality, Environment, and Economic viability

Essay paper, test questions

General SLO 3. Identify and explain the major plant parts and functions and manage a home garden.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

3.1 Describe the major functions of roots, stems, leaves, flower, and fruits.

Projects, Test questions

3.2 Explain the process of photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration.

Projects, Test questions

3.3 Describe the roles of air, light, and plant nutrition and water in the plant growth process.

Projects, lab report, test questions

3.4 Explain the methods of plant propagation, and micro propagation.

Lab report, test questions

3.5 Demonstrate seed propagation.

Lab report, test questions

3.6. Determine watering needs, and three ways which water is applied.

Lab report, test questions

3.7. Determine the type of fertilizer for a specific crop by using a soil test recommendation.

Lab report, test questions

3.8. Establish a weed control program by using mulches, cultivation and herbicides.

Lab report, test questions

General SLO 4. Describe the nutritional requirement of animals, and how to best maintain animal health and demonstrate management practices.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

4.1. Identify classes of nutrients and nutrient deficiencies

Field trip report, test questions

4.2. Describe animal digestive systems

Test questions

4.3. Explain the basics of animal physiology

Test questions

4.4. Identify the symptoms of animal diseases and parasites

Field trip report

4.5. Demonstrate care during farrowing, teeth clipping, administer vaccines, castration, ear notching, and write a sound sanitation program.

Lab demonstration, test questions.

4.6. Keep records and reports in decision making on feeds, housing, labor, diseases, supplies and equipment, breeding (genetics), and marketing.

Lab demonstration, test questions.

General SLO 5. Conduct and design an experiment or project.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

5.1. Design a project plan.

Oral presentation

5.2. Demonstrate nursery and field management practices.

Test questions, log book

5.3. Demonstrate how to keep farm record.

Log book, test questions

5.4. Demonstrate how to market the products.

Test questions

D. COURSE CONTENT
Lecture:
1. Introduction to the Science of Agriculture
2. Careers in Agriculture
3. Soil: The Source of Life
4. Cells: Agriculture’s Building Blocks
5. Genetics and Breeding
6. Crop Systems, Growth and Reproduction
7. Animal Systems, Growth and Reproduction
8. Plant and Animal Health
9. The Science of Forestry
10. The Science of Aquaculture
11. Agriculture and the Environment
12. Food Preservation and Safety
13. Organic Agriculture
14. Marketing and Extension
15. New Directions in Agriculture

Laboratory

  • Measurements
  • The Scientific Method
  • Microscope
  • Properties of Soils
  • Cell Structures and Functions
  • Genetics
  • Plant Reproduction
  • Feed Formulation
  • Vaccination, Ear notching, teeth clipping
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Forest Ecology
  • Water Quality
  • Food Safety
  • E. METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
    Lecture
    . Group Work
    Individual Lab Work
    Presentations

    F. REQURIED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS:

    • Herren, R.V. 2007. The Science of Agriculture: A Biological Approach. 3rd edition. Clifton Park: NY: Delmar, 2007. (or most recent edition)
    • Calculator, laboratory notebook, ruler and pencils, Seeds, fertilizer, pesticides, shovel, wheelbarrow, pig model, and plant model

    G. REFERENCE MATERIALS:

    McQuaig, D.J. & Bille, P.A. (2008). College Accounting. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company or latest edition (or most recent edition).
    Warren, C.S., Reeve, J.M., and Duchac, J. (2009). Accounting. Mason: South-Western Cengage Learning (or most recent edition).
    Walther, L. (2011). Principles of Accounting. Retrieved October 25, 2011, from http://www.principlesofaccounting.com.

    H. INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS
    None

    I. EVALUATION
    The student must exhibit proficiency of at least 70% to receive a passing grade of “C”.

    J. CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
    None

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