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COURSE NUMBER: HORT280
COURSE TITLE:Principles of Irrigation and Water Conservation
DIVISION:Technology
IAI CODE(S):
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:60
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:135
DELIVERY MODE:In-Person

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Irrigation principles applied to the design and installation of golf courses and home lawn irrigation systems.

PREREQUISITES:

NOTES:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate comprehension in soil drainage, plant-water relations, and various surface drainage systems.
  • Have a basic understanding of irrigation hydraulics along with figuring pressure losses and gains throughout the system.
  • Understand basic irrigation maintenance and installation procedures including: sweating copper pipe, types and uses of PVC materials, reading a blueprint, and welding PVC pipe.
  • Identify the location and parts of irrigation systems including pump station, distribution, control valves, controllers, and sprinkler heads, backflow prevention device, remote control valve, valve box, quick coupler and three drip system components, main/lateral lines and head functions, pipes, fittings, and valves.

TOPICAL OUTLINE:
  1. Irrigation relevance for agricultural production.
    1. Environmental Factors Influencing Frequency and Volume of Irrigation.
      1. Climate
      2. Air temperature
      3. Precipitation
      4. Humidity
      5. Wind
      6. Soils
      7. Sandy soils
      8. Silty soils
      9. Clay soils
      10. Loam soils
      11. Well-improved agricultural soils
  2. Irrigation system elements.
  3. Irrigation planning, scheduling, and data needs.
    1. Environmental factors influencing the type of irrigation used.
      1. Climate and incidence of disease
        1. Drip-irrigated crops
        2. Overhead-irrigated crops
  4. Irrigation hydrologic balance.
  5. Basic soil water physics.
  6. Measuring soil water content.
  7. Principles of crop water use or evapotranspiration. Potential and actual evapotranspiration.
  8. Evapotranspiration measurements (instrumentation), direct and indirect methods. Crop evapotranspiration estimation (models).
  9. Water use efficiency and different measures of irrigation efficiency.
  10. Irrigation Delivery Systems.

TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:
See bookstore website for current book(s) at https://www.dacc.edu/bookstore

EVALUATION:
Tests 50%
Homework 50%

Laboratory grades are determined by written laboratory exercises, ability to perform taught skills, clean-up after laboratory class, and general attitude during class.

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STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Fall 2019

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