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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2021
Units: 1
Hours: 12 lecture per quarter (12 total per quarter)
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate practical knowledge of lighting and electrical equipment.
  • compare and contrast different lighting systems.


Basic theory, design, and installation techniques for lighting residential landscapes. The effective use of conventional and low-voltage lighting for improving landscape aesthetics and the functional use of outdoor spaces.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Understand landscape lighting theory and design
B. Describe landscape lighting equipment
C. Demonstrate safety in lighting installation
D. Prepare a plan for maintaining a landscape lighting system

Course Content

A. Landscape lighting
1. Theory (aesthetics and function)
2. Design (lighting soft and hard-scape features)
3. Installation
4. Lighting for culturally diverse settings
B. Lighting equipment and materials
1. Sources
2. Low voltage vs. 110/120 systems
C. Safety issues
D. Methods and techniques for installing and maintaining lighting systems

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Horticultural laboratory, construction field lab, and related horticultural facilities and equipment.
B. Students provide work boots, leather gloves, and clothing for field work.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation may include but are not limited to the following:

Lighting skills project
Installation of a lighting demonstration

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of Instruction may include but are not limited to the following:


Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Moyer, Janet Lennox. The Landscape Lighting Book. 2013.

Raine, John. Garden Lighting. 2005.

These books are seminal pieces of literature and still contain valid material.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Reading assignments will include reading approximately 30 pages per week from the assigned text.
B. There are no writing assignments for this course.


Ornamental Horticulture