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Course Name: Urban Arboriculture
Course Number: AGOR 75 (VOC)
Course Objectives:
  • Students completing this course will be able to demonstrate proper pruning skills for pruning woody trees and shrubs.
  • Students will be able to explain the nutritional needs of trees.
  • Students will be able to identify appropriate safety standards, equipment, and techniques for use in arboriculture practices.
  • Course completers will be able to demonstrate proper use of Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Students will be able to describe the various costs associated with establishing and maintaining landscape trees, and how value can be placed on the urban forest as a resource.
  • Students will be able to describe the basic composition and function of a tree’s vascular system.
  • Students will be able to explain concepts related to basic tree physiology.
  • Students completing this course will be able to describe the formation of woody stems and the mechanics of trees.
  • Students completing this course will be able to describe the various physiological disorders and injuries that can affect trees, and the concept of Compartmentalization of Decay in Trees (CODIT).
  • Students completing this course will be able to explain what to look for in selecting healthy, vigorous planting stock.
  • Students completing this course will be able to describe the proper procedures and techniques used to plant and transplant trees.
  • Students completing this course will be able to explain how using proper installation techniques can improve survival chances and accelerate establishment.
  • Students completing this course will be able to describe methods used to protect trees during construction.
  • Students will explain how water, minerals, and nutrients are necessary for tree health and growth.
  • Students will be able to explain the relationship among soil moisture, absorption of essential elements, and plant growth.
  • Students will be able to explain the importance of proper irrigation for trees in urban landscapes.
  • Students will be able to explain different methods of fertilizer application and their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Students will be able to explain how trees respond to pruning and the effects of severe pruning.
  • Students will be able to describe the process for assessing trees for health and safety.
  • Students will be able to describe various physiological disorders and injuries caused by living and nonliving disorders that can affect trees.
  • Students completing AGOR 75 will be able to describe the environmental, economic, aesthetic, and social benefits of trees.