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NCMC Agriculture & Natural Resources Course AG 105 – Plant Science
Date
High School
Instructor
High School – Junior & Senior Level Agriculture & Natural Resources Course(s)
course 1
semester  2 semesters 
(if needed) course 2
semester  2 semesters 
High School Evaluation
1 – Highly Comprehensive
2 – Moderately Comprehensive
3 – Introductory Coverage

Competency Overview

Competency High School Hours Spent Degree of High School Comprehension
Plant Morphology
classify plants on an operational basis, including agronomic use, adaptation, growth form, stem type & growth cycle
list and give examples of important crop plant families
describe how plants are identified using morphological features of the leaf, stem, flower and seed in dicots & monocots
describe the structure and function of the leaf, stem, root and flower
Fundamental Plant Growth Processes
describe the steps involved in the conversion of light energy to chemical energy by photosynthesis
discuss the role of photosynthesis in crop yield or productivity
discuss plant respiration for maintaining the plant and supporting its functioning
discuss the process of transpiration
discuss the process of absorption
discuss the process of translocation
Seeds, Seedlings and Seeding
list and describe the various tests involved in seed analysis or testing
discuss the factors affecting seed germination
describe the methods of seeding field crops
discuss the factors affecting seeding rate and how it is calculated
Plant Growth and Development
distinguish between growth and development
describe the general pattern of growth
define yield and yield components
discuss photoperiod and its effect on plant growth
discuss the concept and application of growing degree days
Crop Improvement
discuss basic Mendalian concepts
discuss the principles of plant breeding
discuss the strategies for increased crop productivity
discuss the role of biotechnology in crop improvement
Climate and Weather
define the terms climate and weather
discuss the role of climate in crop adaptation
discuss the major climatic types and their distribution
discuss the role of temperature in biochmical reations such as photosynthesis and its role in crop adaptation
discuss the effect of light intensity, quality and duration on plant growth and development
Plant Nutrients and Fertilizers
discuss the role of essential nutrients in plant growth and development
discuss how nutrients are lost from the soil
describe plant nutrient deficiency symptoms for all essential elements
Pests in Crop Production
list and describe the categories of organisms that cause disease
discuss the factors that cause disease
describe how pathogens affect crop productivity
describe insect pests, their classification, and their economic impact
describe weeds, their classification and their economic impact    
list and describe the methods of pest management    
updated Aug 2014

Articulated Credit

NCMC Agriculture & Natural Resources Course AG 107 – Animal Science
Date
High School
Instructor
High School – Junior & Senior Level Agriculture & Natural Resources Course(s)
course 1
semester  2 semesters 
(if needed) course 2
semester  2 semesters 
High School Evaluation
1 – Highly Comprehensive
2 – Moderately Comprehensive
3 – Introductory Coverage
  High School  Degree of High School
Competency Hours Spent Comprehension
Animal Agriculture  
list significant events in the history and development of animal agriculture    
list significant events in the history of agricultural education and research    
identify the significance of animal agriculture in the US and world economies    
Breeds and Life Cycles of Livestock and Poultry  
summarize the development of livestock breeds    
identify major breeds of livestock and poultry    
outline the typical life cycle of beef cattle, swine, sheep, goats, chickens,    
 turkeys, dairy cattle and layers    
Companion Animals  
outline the history and domestication of dogs and cats    
identify common breeds and characteristics of companion animals    
list the contributions of companion animals to humans    
describe the care, training, feeding and management of companion animals    
Horses  
describe the characteristics and types of horses    
describe the training, grooming, nutrition and management of horses    
list common defects and unsoundnesses in horses    
describe the control of disease and parasites in horses    
identify common coat colors and markings of horses    
Fundamental Principles of Genetics  
explain the cell theory of inheritance    
describe the purpose, number, sex determination and abnormalities     
associated with chromosones    
explain mitosis and meiosis    
describe genes and gene functions    
explain the phenotypic expression of genes with additive and     
non additive gene action    
Principles of Selecting and Mating Farm Animals  
explain the causes of phenotypic variation in farm animals    
describe methods of selection of superior breeding stock    
predict the amount of progress possible through selection    
list examples of  genetic correlations    
describe national genetic evaluations    
outline mating systems for livestock improvement    

NCMC Agriculture & Natural Resources Course AG107 – Animal Science
Competency High School Hours Spent Degree of High School Comprehension
Anatomy and Physiology of Reproduction and Related Technologies in Farm Mammals
explain the function of the parts of the mammalian male reproductive tract    
explain the function of the parts of the mammalian female reproductive tract    
describe estrus and the estrous cycle    
list the function of male and female reproductive hormones    
describe the following reproductive technologies: estrus synchronization, superovulation, in vitro fertilization, embryo transfer, sex selection, pregnancy diagnosis, cloning and transgenics    
The Physiology of Digestion in Nutrition
outline the major feedstuffs required by animals, their function and major sources     
identify the types, parts and functions of avian, ruminant, non-ruminant, and modified non-ruminant digestive systems    
describe the processes of digestion and absorption of nutrients    
Animal Health
identify the causes of farm animal  diseases    
identify diseases by type and species affected    
outline the different stages, types and classes of parasites    
identify control methods and chemicals used for prevention of parasites    

updated Aug 2014