Three credits (for non-credit, reduced price option, contact the instructor at the above)All assignments due by date noted on Blackboard. Tests and Project are linked on Blackboard. .
Meetings: none scheduled, optional consultations with instructor; online course
Herbs, Tammi Hartung,
Storey Publ, 255pp (or Kindle version)
optional: Your Backyard Herb Garden, Miranda Smith, Rodale Press
What It’s About:
This course will be of use to anyone
interested in learning more on this always popular group of plants. Sufficient
background is provided through the texts and supplemental materials
for any,regardless of prior background knowledge.
Herbs have been used by so many worldwide for many centuries,
and consistently remain popular both for flower and vegetable
gardeners, or those merely interested in herbs and using them.
Students, home gardeners, beginning agricultural producers,
retailers and their staff, will benefit from this course, no matter
the region of the country.
How It Works:
This completely online course is based on the chapters of the text, grouped into five tests:
Selection and Design (chapters 1-2)
2. Culture (chapters 3-6—soils, propagation, maintenance, pests and diseases)
3. Harvesting (chapter 7)
4. Using herbs (chapters 8-9, in personal care and cooking)
5. Plants (chapter 10, main herbs and their specific needs and uses)
are open book, untimed, done online, and will be comprised of several
question formats. You can stop
and resume tests later, but once submitted this will be your
grade. Tests are designed to reinforce student’s
familiarity with the material, to synthesize various topics, and to
problem solve.An ID test will help you get familiar with both photos
and line drawings of key herbs.
The final garden plan project will guide and provide practice to students in creating a personalized herb garden for their needs and purposes. This should be on a specific topic such as edible flowers, cooking, historic, ornamental, or a specific crop such as various mints, basils, or thymes. Alternatively, students may choose to prepare a plan for an herb growing or business enterprise (such as medicinal herbs). Communications including meetings, if needed, with the professor will provide guidance and ideas, suggestions for improvements, and considerations from plant choice through culture.
Grades will be determined on a 10 point standard scale, ie 90-100=A, 80-89=B, etc. Within each letter, grades will be split, such as 90-92=A-, 93-97=A, 98-100=A+. Quizzes will be taken online (open book), with automatic grading (once your quiz is submitted you'll get the score). The design plan will be graded manually as shown below.