Academic Calendar Winter/Summer 2018

Agriculture

Most of the seats in these courses are normally reserved for students in an agriculture program. Other students may take these courses if they meet the prerequisites and there is space.


English language proficiency requirements

Students registering in post-secondary level courses (numbered 100 to 499) will be required to meet the English language entrance proficiency requirements. Students in ELS or the University Foundations programs can register in those courses identified in the University Foundations program with lower levels of language proficiency.

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester.

AGRI 123

3 credits

Horticulture Skills and Techniques for Fall

Prerequisite(s): None.

Practical horticulture work skills for the late summer and fall seasons complement lecture material from a variety of horticulture production courses. Course work will vary depending on the weather, but will include: propagation, fall turf maintenance, seeding, sodding, ornamental plant pruning, horticulture tool and equipment handling and maintenance, garden renovation, and greenhouse production and maintenance. Students must participate in outdoor labs, regardless of weather, as well as in the greenhouse. All students must have steel-toed work boots, rain gear, work gloves, hand pruners and a pocket knife. Off-campus field trips such as the annual field trip will be required at student expense.

AGRI 124

3 credits

Introduction to Horticulture

Prerequisite(s): None.

This course introduces binomial nomenclature; the environmental factors affecting plant growth: physical, biological, and chemical control of plant growth; and an introduction to the major horticultural crop groups: fruits, vegetables, greenhouse crops, nursery crops, and turf.

AGRI 129

3 credits

Horticulture Skills and Techniques for Winter

Prerequisite(s): None.

Practical horticulture work skills for the winter and spring seasons complement lecture material from a variety of horticulture production courses. Course work may vary, depending on the weather, but will include propagation, spring turf maintenance, fruit tree pruning, greenhouse production and maintenance work, garden renovation, planting and transplanting, irrigation system trouble shooting, and taxonomic keys. Students must participate in outdoor labs, regardless of weather, as well as in the greenhouse. All students must have steel-toed work boots, rain gear, work gloves, hand pruners, and a pocket knife. Off-campus field trips will be required at student expense.

AGRI 142

3 credits

Agribusiness Principles

Prerequisite(s): Students should be familiar with basic word processing, spreadsheets, electronic mail, and the worldwide web before entering this course. Those with limited or no experience with PCs should take CIS 100 or equivalent before enrolling in AGRI 142.

This course deals with the farm manager as a decision-maker. Topics include farm office, farm record-keeping and accounting, enterprise management, financial statements, cost accounting, break-even calculations, budgets, projections, production records, financial applications, and leverage. The use of computers to manage farm financial records (spreadsheets and data management programs) will be an integral part of this course.

AGRI 143

3 credits

Introduction to Agriculture

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Automation and Robotics Technician diploma program or departmental approval.

Gain basic knowledge of various common agricultural settings and environment. Expose and train students on machinery, automated equipment, control systems, and other electronic equipment used in agriculture while maintaining a safe working environment when dealing with organic material and livestock. Field trips may be required.

AGRI 163

3 credits

Pest Biology and Identification

Prerequisite(s): None

Students will be given an overview of the general biology of key groups of plant/livestock pests, including arthropods, weeds and biotic diseases. Management strategies based on pest life cycle and ecology will be emphasized. Laboratory sessions will emphasize identification of symptoms of pest attack and sight identification of a group of key pests. Students will also learn how to identify pests using keys and the services of the BCMAL plant diagnostic lab. Field trips will be required.

AGRI 183

3 credits

Farm and Equipment Safety

Prerequisite(s): Completion of Level I First Aid certificate is recommended.

This course includes the safe operation of farm machinery and power equipment, an introduction to Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) in the workplace, and safety and fire prevention on the farm and in the workplace.

AGRI 192

3 credits

Practicum I

Prerequisite(s): At least 9 credits in one of the agriculture certificate or diploma programs, GPA minimum 2.0 and consent of the Agriculture department

This is a three-week, on-the-job training course in agriculture. Students will work, without remuneration, for a selected host, in return for which valuable work experience and new skills will be acquired. Students’ grades for this course will be based on hosts’ evaluations. With instructor's permission, students may spend part of either AGRI 192 or AGRI 292 acquiring a credentialed skill such as artificial insemination of cattle training or equipment operation.

AGRI 203

3 credits

Fundamentals of Pest Management

Pre- or corequisite(s): AGRI 163

This course emphasizes pest management as a decision-making process in a variety of settings, with a focus on collecting pest data via monitoring. Concepts such as economic injury level and action threshold will be discussed, and the concept of pest management strategies and tactics will be explored. Important pesticide issues will also be discussed, including pesticide treadmill, resistance, secondary pest outbreaks, and environmental impact. Examples from local agricultural commodities, horticultural commodities, and livestock will be used throughout the course to illustrate concepts. Students will be required to work in the UFV greenhouses or barn outside of regular class times. Field trips are mandatory.

AGRI 204

3 credits

Introduction to Soils and Soil Fertility

Prerequisite(s): None

This course introduces soil as a medium for plant growth. Soil formation, soil physical, chemical and biological properties are introduced. Plant-essential elements, inorganic and organic fertilizers, amendments, conditioners and environmentally-sustainable nutrient management are also discussed. Soils courses in the Agriculture Technology department emphasize information and practices that can further the development or maintenance of ‘quality’ soils in field, nursery and other in-ground growing environments.

AGRI 210

3 credits

Directed Studies in Agriculture

Prerequisite(s): A minimum overall GPA of 2.50 and instructor's permission

Under the guidance of one of the agriculture faculty members, students may pursue a research project in agriculture. Regular reports will be required as the project develops, and a final written report must be presented to the supervising faculty member.

AGRI 212

3 credits

Introduction to On-Farm Food Safety, Quality and Security

Prerequisite(s): Students should be familiar with basic record keeping, electronic mail and the world wide web before registering for this course. Those with limited or no experience with PCs should take CIS 100 or equivalent before enrolling in AGRI 212

This course examines how agriculture addresses food issues with regard to safety, quality, security, biosecurity, and defense. Students will learn how agricultural policy, practices, and human resource management play key roles in these issues by understanding how they work and fit into related on-farm programs used today. Current industry and government recognized programs across all types of commodities, where available, will be used throughout the course to showcase the principles and methods used to control the risks associated with these issues. Actual case studies, field trips, and labs will be used to provide some hands-on experience where possible. Audit preparation and skills will also be introduced to help the future farm manager or auditor prepare for an audit experience in any of these areas.

AGRI 220

3 credits

Plants in the Landscape

Prerequisite(s): None.

This course covers the identification, use, and maintenance of herbaceous and woody plants in the landscape. Site selection and individual plant growing requirements will be emphasized. Students must have their own transportation.
Field trips are a course requirement, and students should budget approximately $50 to cover travel costs throughout the semester.

AGRI 237

3 credits

Introduction to the Health and Nutrition of Farm Animals

Prerequisite(s): None

This course covers and integrates the basic facts concerning the nature of nutrients and their metabolism with the use of common feedstuffs on farms. The students will study commercial production facilities and practices that lead to or prevent common livestock diseases. Conventional and new procedures used to prevent and control diseases will be covered.

AGRI 238

3 credits

Equine Production and Management

Prerequisite(s): None.

This course covers feeding, breeding, and management for horse owners. Topics include equine medical disorders, lameness, nutrition, facilities, reproduction management of both the mare and stallion, and equipment. Discussion of the different equine sectors and field trips will be included.

AGRI 239

3 credits

Management and Production of Beef, Sheep, and Goats

Prerequisite(s): None

The feeding, breeding, and management of beef, sheep, and goats will be covered. Specific topics will include production, genetics, and health, as well as marketing of these animals. Facilities and equipment will also be discussed. Students will be required to participate in the care of departmental livestock outside of regular class hours. Field trips are required. This course is only offered in even-numbered years.

AGRI 247

3 credits

Enterprise Project: Part I

Prerequisite(s): A C grade in AGRI 142 or BUS 100 (Note: Students should take CMNS 125 before taking AGRI 247)

Corequisite(s): CMNS 251

Students will develop a complete business plan designed to obtain support from investors and lenders for an independent agricultural venture. In part I students, in consultation with faculty, will prepare market analysis, determine organizational structure, outline operational objectives, and prepare financial projections for the first year of operations.
A grade of credit (CR) must be achieved to be eligible to continue with part II.

AGRI 248

3 credits

Enterprise Project: Part II

Prerequisite(s): AGRI 247
Note: Students are encouraged to complete AGRI 247 and AGRI 248 in the same academic year.

Pre- or corequisite(s): CMNS 251

In part II of the course, students will make any required revisions to the first year of the business plan and complete years two and three. They will prepare a final written copy of the business plan and prepare it for presentation to a select committee of faculty and industry experts.

AGRI 254

3 credits

Ruminant Animal Health

Prerequisite(s): None.

The principles of disease infection, treatment, and prevention in ruminant livestock are introduced. Topics include reproduction, obstetrics, respiratory ailments, nutritional and infectious disease, and health management of dairy and beef cattle and other ruminants, as time permits.

AGRI 256

3 credits

Management and Production of Poultry and Swine

Prerequisite(s): None.

This course covers feeding, breeding, and management for commercial and purebred swine operations. Topics include production, marketing, facilities, equipment; swine herd health, and genetics. This course will also cover the poultry industry in Canada, mainly in the Fraser Valley at the farm level.
The basics of feeding, breeding, and management of different types of poultry will also be covered. Students will be required to participate in the care of departmental livestock outside of regular class hours. Field trips are required.

AGRI 272

3 credits

Agriculture Seminar Series

Prerequisite(s): None

Students will attend, help present, and discuss a series of seminars which address topical agriculture issues in areas such as Policy and Trade, Innovation, Gender, Research, Problem Solving, Natural Resources, World Food Supply, and Demographics. Guest lecturers will be included. Seminar content will change from year-to-year; topics will present information that is new to most students or that adds to information presented in other agriculture department offerings. Students, in groups or individually, will research and present a short seminar in an approved area of interest. Students will be given a problem-solving and decision-making assignment related to one or more topics.

AGRI 292

3 credits

Practicum II

Prerequisite(s): AGRI 192, GPA minimum 2.0 and consent of the Agriculture department

This course follows AGRI 192 and provides agriculture technology diploma students with a second three-week on-the-job training course in agriculture. Students will work without remuneration for a selected host, in return for which valuable work experience and new skills will be acquired. Only full-time students who have successfully completed their current semester’s courses and have a minimum GPA of 2.0 are eligible to participate. Students’ grades will mainly be based on hosts’ evaluation. With instructor's permission, students may spend part of either AGRI 192 or AGRI 292 acquiring a credentialed skill such as artificial insemination of cattle training or equipment operation.

AGRI 306

3 credits

Field Techniques in Pest Management

Prerequisite(s): AGRI 163 and AGRI 203.

Focus is on the practice of pest control, i.e. detection, diagnosis, and management of pests (arthropods, weeds, diseases, vertebrates). Students will conduct hands-on research (pest survey or product evaluation). Communication and extension practice including field days, presentations, and written reports. Field trips required.
Note: Students with credit for AGRI 206 or AGRI 205 cannot take this course for further credit.

AGRI 311

3 credits

Sustainable Soil Management

Prerequisite(s): AGRI 204 or 30 hours’ university credit, or instructor’s permission

Sustainable soil management: stewarding soil as a virtually non-renewable resource. Topics include integrating soil, physical, biological and chemical properties’ information for practical soil management, the main processes of soil degradation—their causes and effects, soil conservation, tillage, soil classification systems and interpretation of soil survey maps. Students will be introduced to the role of geographic information systems, and global positioning equipment in sustainable land use and management. Field trips will be required.

AGRI 321

3 credits

Vegetable Crop Production: Science & Practice

Prerequisite(s): AGRI 124, or 30 hours’ university credit, or instructor’s permission

Field production of commonly grown vegetable crops in British Columbia will be discussed. Topics include the biology, physiology and post harvest handling of the crop groups; site selection as influenced by environmental and economic conditions, field preparation, variety selection and cultivation practices. The culture of mushrooms and ginseng are covered as an essential part of the course. Field trips may be required outside regular class hours, including Saturdays. This course is offered live in even-numbered years, on-line in odd numbered years.

AGRI 323

3 credits

Fruit Crop Production: Science & Practice

Prerequisite(s): AGRI 124, or 30 hours’ university credit, or instructor’s permission

Field production of commonly grown fruit crops in British Columbia will be discussed. Topics include biology, physiology of the crop groups, site selection as influenced by environmental and economic conditions, field preparation, variety selection and cultivation practices. Post harvest physiology, storage and marketing round up the course. If time permits, some tropical fruits may be discussed. Field trips are required outside regular hours, including Saturdays. This course is offered every year, live in odd-numbered years, on-line in even numbered years.

AGRI 324

3 credits

Greenhouse Production: Science & Practice

Prerequisite(s): AGRI 124, or 30 hours’ university credit, or instructor’s permission

This course will cover the basic structures, facilities and machines used, and review the production of the major florist and vegetable crops grown in the British Columbia greenhouse industry. Students are required to work in the UFV greenhouse outside of regular class hours. Field trips may be required outside regular class hours, including early mornings and Saturdays. Bus fare of approximately $10 may be required.

AGRI 327

3 credits

Nursery Production and Propagation: Science & Practice

Prerequisite(s): AGRI 124, or 30 hours’ university credit, or instructor’s permission

The production of commonly grown nursery crops in British Columbia will be covered. Topics include propagation, site selection and preparation, and basic nursery management. The scope of the nursery and landscape industry in BC will be explored along with the various aspects that make up this vibrant, growing industry. Special topics such as biosecurity, exports and imports will be discussed. Work in the UFV greenhouse and grounds, as well as several field trips to local nurseries and production areas may be required outside of regular class hours.

AGRI 328

3 credits

Forage Crop Production: Science & Practice

Prerequisite(s): AGRI 237, or 30 hours’ university credit, or instructor’s permission

The production and use of commonly grown forage crops will be covered. Topics include forage establishment, maintenance, harvest, and storage. Emphasis will be on maximizing the use of homegrown forages to meet the nutritional requirements of today’s high-producing animals.

AGRI 331

3 credits

Dairy Production and Management: Science & Practice

Prerequisite(s): AGRI 237 or 30 hours’ university credit, or instructor’s permission

Corequisite(s): AGRI 254 or instructor’s permission

The feeding, breeding, and nutrition of dairy animals is covered. Topics include the production, processing, and marketing of milk, as well as an overview of dairy farm facilities and management. Emphasis will be placed on dairy herd improvement through sound management and applied genetics. Students will be required to participate in the care of departmental livestock outside of regular class hours. Off-campus field trips are required. The science of milk production and biology of the udder will be covered.

AGRI 371

3 credits

Sustainable Holistic Agriculture: Planning and Practices

Prerequisite(s): AGRI 204, or instructor's permission: AGRI 311 and AGRI 247 recommended

The concepts of sustainability and holism are applied to agricultural planning and practices. The inter-related social, environmental and economic issues that comprise holistic enterprise planning are discussed and scientifically-sound, practical agri-production information for low-input sustainable systems is presented. Holistic operating practices for an agricultural business and The B.C. – Canada Environmental Farm Planning Program are explored.

AGRI 390

3 credits

Directed Studies in Agriculture

Prerequisite(s): 30 credits that apply to an Agriculture program, a minimum overall GPA of 2.5, and instructor's permission.

Under the guidance of one of the agriculture faculty members, students may pursue an advanced research project in agriculture. Regular reports will be required as the project develops, and a final written report must be presented to the supervising faculty member.

AGRI 490

3 credits

Directed Studies in Agriculture

Prerequisite(s): 60 credits that apply to an Agriculture program, a minimum overall GPA of 2.5, and instructor's permission.

Under the guidance of one of the agriculture faculty members, students may pursue an advanced research project in agriculture. Regular reports will be required as the project develops, and a final written report must be presented to the supervising faculty member.

Note: Students are expected to perform at a higher level for this course than for AGRI 390.

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