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Intro to Permaculture

Starts: May 1, 2017
Ends: May 28, 2017
Cost: Free

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Syllabus

Permaculture course objectives

At the end of this permaculture course, students will be able to:

  • Define what the Permaculture design system, is ethics and principles
  • Organize the order of the Permaculture design process
  • Diagram Elements of watershed, sector, and zone maps
  • Identify design elements appropriate for each climate

Permaculture course outline

Week 1

Key Topics

  1. Permaculture definition
  2. State of the World
  3. Permaculture ethics
  4. Permaculture design process overview
  5. Scales of Permaculture systems

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define permaculture design
  • Express reasoning for permaculture design
  • State Permaculture ethics
  • Connect content to geographic location

Learning Activities

  • Pre-recorded lectures
  • Asynchronous discussions
  • Mapping activity

Assignments Due

  • Introductions
  • “Statement of intent” discussion
  • Upload Satellite map of design site

Week 2

Key Topics

  1. Pattern understanding: the watershed
  2. Site analysis content
  3. Site analysis documentation and presentation

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify their watershed
  • Identify basic sectors
  • Compose sector diagram

Learning Activities

  • Pre-recorded lectures
  • Asynchronous discussions
  • Mapping activities

Assignments Due

  • Watershed basin map
  • Sector map activity
  • Complete location survey

Week 3

Key Topics

  1. Permaculture design principles
  2. Permaculture design methods
  3. Scales of permanence

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify Permaculture design principles.
  • Identify Permaculture zones
  • Memorize scales of landscape permanence order

Learning Activities

  • Pre-recorded lectures
  • Asynchronous discussions
  • Mapping activities
  • Quiz

Assignments Due

  • Permaculture design principles quiz
  • Zone map activity

Week 4

Key Topics

  1. Permaculture design for drylands
  2. Permaculture design for tropics
  3. Permaculture design for temperate and cold climates

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Articulate major permaculture design strategies for each climate

Learning Activities

  • Pre-recorded lectures
  • Asynchronous discussions
  • Mapping activities

Assignments Due

  • Climate design features activity

Prerequisites

None

Permaculture course sequencing

This course can lead to a series of courses offered; the Permaculture Design Certificate Course and the Advanced Permaculture Design Practicum.

Permaculture course material

None

Students with disabilities

Accommodations are collaborative efforts between students, instructors and Disability Access Services (DAS) with accommodations approved through DAS are responsible for contacting the faculty member in charge of the course prior to or during the first week of the term to discuss accommodations. Students who believe they are eligible for accommodations but who have not yet obtained approval through DAS should contact DAS immediately at 541-737-4098. PACE seeks to accommodate the diverse experiences and learning styles of the students, and is open to feedback for improving the course, during this quarter and subsequent quarters. To provide direct feedback please email learn@oregonstate.edu.

Expectations for student conduct

Student conduct is governed by the university’s policies, as explained in the Office of Student

Conduct: information and regulations.

In an academic community, students and faculty, and staff each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment, whether online or in the classroom. Students, faculty, and staff have the responsibility to treat each other with understanding, dignity and respect. Disruption of teaching, administration, research, and other institutional activities is prohibited by Oregon Administrative Rule 576-015-0015 (1) and (2) and is subject to sanctions under university policies, OSU Office of Student Conduct.

Academic Integrity — Students are expected to comply with all regulations pertaining to academic honesty, defined as: An intentional act of deception in which a student seeks to claim credit for the work or effort of another person or uses unauthorized materials or fabricated information in any academic work. For further information, visit Avoiding Academic Dishonesty, or contact the office of Student Conduct and Mediation at 541-737-3656.

Conduct in this online classroom — Students are expected to conduct themselves in the course (e.g., on discussion boards, email postings) in compliance with the university's regulations regarding civility. Students will be expected to treat all others with the same respect, as they would want afforded themselves. Disrespectful behavior to others (such as harassing behavior, personal insults, inappropriate language) or disruptive behaviors in the course (such as persistent and unreasonable demands for time and attention both in and out of the classroom) is unacceptable and can result in sanctions as defined by Oregon Administrative Rules Division 015 Student Conduct Regulations.

Netiquette — In an online classroom, your primary means of communication is written. The written language has many advantages: more opportunity for reasoned thought, more ability to go in-depth, and more time to think through an issue before posting a comment. However, written communication also has its disadvantages. This includes a lack of the face-to-face signaling that occurs through body language, intonation, pausing, facial expressions and gestures. As a result, please recognize the possibility of miscommunication and compose your comments in a clear, positive, supportive, and constructive manner. Please be sure to be professional by demonstrating tolerance for diverse points of view and give each other the benefit of the doubt about any unclear intended meanings.

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