Jordan University of Science and Technology
Faculty of Agriculture
Department of Plant Production
First Semester 2006/2007
Course Title Landscape Horticulture
Course Code PP 424
Prerequisites PP 205
Instructor Prof. Nabila Subhi Karam
Office Location C4 L2
Office Phone # 2-7201000 Ext. 22252
Office Hours Monday 11:15-12:15 p.m. & Tuesday 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Teaching Assistant(s) ----
This a 3-credit hour, specialization elective course. It is given as two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour laboratory.
The course covers the following topics: goals and principles of landscaping and xeriscaping. A study of major
landscape plant groups: narrowleaf evergreens, trees, shrubs, hedges and shrub borders, vines and climbers,
edging plants, and ground covers. Lawn establishment and maintenance. The landscape design process.
Landscape graphics: freehand drawings, concept drawings, drafting, presentation plans, section-elevation,
perspectives. Pricing landscape designs and maintenance. Computer applications.
Title Landscaping Principles and Practices
Author(s) Ingels, J.E.
Publisher Delmar Publishers Inc., USA
Assessment Expected Due Date Percentage
First exam Tuesday 31 / 10 / 2006 20%
Second exam Tuesday 28 / 11 / 2006 20%
Quizzes Expected any lecture 10%
Assignments A file with samples of any 50 plants studied on campus. The sample 10%
of each plant should include leaves, buds, flowers, fruits, seeds, and
other structures available in the season. Latin, English, and Arabic
names should be written for each plant. It is preferable that each
sample is mounted on a separate sheet. Scotch tape may be used to
fix the sample on the sheet. Samples should be arranged according
to alphabetical order of the Latin name. The file will not be
accepted if not submitted by Tuesday 2/1/2007
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Lab. final exam Monday 8 / 1 / 2007 (2:00 p.m.) 10%
Theoretical final exam Scheduled by Admission & Registration Unit 30%
Participation Students should expect to be asked any question and to participate
Attendance Will be checked every lecture. Absence is allowed according to the
Course Objectives Percentage
1. Determination of objectives and principles of landscape design and xeriscaping 17%
2. Layout of the landscape 7%
3. Determination of the different enclosure and surfacing materials used in the landscape 6%
4. Identification of plant groups used in the landscape 27%
5. Selection of the proper turfgrass, establishment and care of lawns 13%
6. Planting and maintaining the landscape 13%
7. Identification of the landscape process stages, drawing instruments, materials, and 17%
techniques, lettering, labeling, and toning
Teaching & Learning Methods
1. Slide and data shows.
2. Identification of landscape plants on campus.
3. Identification of landscape plants in the Arboretum
4. Filed trip to nurseries.
Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to
Related Objective(s) Reference(s)
1 apply principles of landscape design and list the different practices to Handouts,
establish low-requiring landscape chapters 8, 10
2 divide the residential landscape into parts, each with its own Chapter 6
functions, elements, and considerations
3 list different enclosure and surfacing materials and determine Chapters 11,
advantages and disadvantages of surfacing materials used in the 12
4 characterize and determine landscape uses of narrow-leaf Handouts,
evergreens, trees, shrubs, hedges, shrub borders, climbers, edging chapters 7, 9
plants, ground covers, and flowering herbaceous plants
5 classify turfgrasses, determine quality of good grasses, prepare the Chapters 21,
soil, establish a lawn from seeds, and care for the lawn with respect 22, 26
to mowing, irrigation, fertilization, weed control, patching, and
6 list advantages and disadvantages of bare-rooted, balled and Handouts,
burlapped, and containerized woody plants. Plant these forms of chapters 20, 25
woody plants. Prune young and mature trees, shrubs, hedges, shrub
borders, and ground covers
7 interpret drawings of the different phases of landscape design Handouts,
chapters 1, 2,
3, 4, 5
1. Reid, G.W. 2002. Landscape Graphics. Watson-Guptill Publications, USA.
2. Dirr, M.A. 1990. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics,
Culture, Propagation and Uses. Fourth edition. Stipes Publishing Company, USA.
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Week Topics Chapter
1 The objectives of residential landscaping Handouts
1,2 The outdoor room concept Chapter 6
2,3 The principles of landscape design Chapter 8
3 Analyzing the landscape site Chapter 4
4 Enclosure Materials Chapter 11
4 Surfacing materials Chapter 12
5 Plant selection Chapter 7
6, 7 Narrowleaf evergreens, trees, shrubs, groundcovers, vines Handouts
8 Flowers Chapter 9
8 Selecting the proper grass Chapter 21
9 Lawn construction Chapter 22
9, 10 Care of the lawn Chapter 26
10, 11 Xeriscaping Chapter 10
11 Installing landscape plants Chapter 20
12, 13 Maintaining landscape plants Handouts, chapter 25
13, 14 The landscape process Chapter 5
14 Using drawing instruments Chapter 1
14 Lettering Chapter 2
15 Graphic materials and techniques Chapter 3
15 Layering, tone, balance, shadows Handouts
Material not required
Details on drawing instruments 1
Details on lettering methods 2
Details on graphic media 3
Comparing sites and analyzing one site 4
Details on how landscape plants are sold and hardiness zones 7
Material characteristics supportive of design principles 8
Steps and ramps 12
Antitranspirants and problems of arid regions 20
Calibrating a spreader 22
Nutrient analysis and ratio, details on mower types 26
1. Respecting office hours is appreciated unless they are inconvenient to you due to time conflict with lectures
or laboratories. In that case, you are most welcome anytime.
2. No changes in examination dates. No makeup examinations except with official medical reports.
3. Any student trying to cheat is warned only once. Then, he/she is asked to hand in the exam and will be
reported to the Head of the Department. The case will be treated according to the university regulations.
4. Graded exams will be given back to students and the questions will be answered and discussed with the
students in class.
5. Enjoy the course.
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