Course Description:

What is this course about?

California grape production; study of table, wine, & raisin grape varieties, uses, adoptions & products; production practices, propagation, & planting; training, pruning & irrigation systems; recognition & control of grape pests & diseases.  Student is required to design a new vineyard and critique an existing operation.

Section #          7111

Units                 3

Location            MACE 170 - Lec

                        MACE 170 - Lab

Time                 Tuesday (Lec)       7:00 – 7:50

                        Tuesday (Lab)       7:55 – 11:00 

                        Thursday (Lec)     11:05–12:10     

Final                  Dec. 12, 2017     7:00 – 9:50

Last day to
drop without a “W”                     September 10th. 5 pm

Last day to
drop a class                              November 16th. 5 pm

Required Text:

General Viticulture, Winkler

Supplemental Texts (Not Mandatory)

Biology Online Lab - Leaf Lab ISBN 0-8053-6534-6

Grading and Evaluation:

Grades are earned by the students and are a reflection of their effort and understanding of the material.  Class participation is important and graded.  All homework must be typed, double-spaced, 1” margins, 12-point font, & Times New Roman.  Pop quizzes will not be made up under any conditions.  There will be no late papers accepted without prior arrangements. Make-up exams will be given for excused absences.  You can E-mail your homework to me if you will not be able to attend class.

Grade Scale:

The syllabus is tentative.  There will be many other activities, assignments and topics covered during the course of the semester and the syllabus will be adjusted accordingly.

A         90-100%                    D         60-69%

B         80-89%                      F          Below 59%

C         70-79%

Tests, Quizzes, Homework, Lab Notebook, and

Classroom Exercises                                  90%

Participation                                             10%


Instructor Information:

Office:              Ag 118

Office Hours:  To be held in the Ace Building on
                     West campus.   

                       M    4:30 - 5:30 MACE
                       T     2:00 - 3:00 MACE
                       TH 12:45 - 3:45 MACE 

Phone Number:  575-6209

Division Office   
Number:           575-6200
email address:    


Student Learning Outcomes:

After the student is given instruction on the steps one would consider when preparing a field to be planted, they will be able to design a field preparation plan to accomplish this task for table grape, raisin grape, and wine grape vineyards.



Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

1.  Discuss the history & value of the grape.

2.  Identify principle California & Central Valley
    grape varieties. 

3.  Select grape varieties for various conditions &

4.  Describe the cultural sequence in local grape

5.  Relate the theory & practice of vine pruning.

6.  Demonstrate the recommended local training &
     pruning practices. 

7.  Select rootstocks for specific purposes &

8.  Calculate vineyard development & annual
     operational costs. 

9.  Identify common grape pests & diseases.

10. Select disease & pest control programs.

11. Operate common vineyard equipment.

12. Evaluate an existing vineyard.

13. Calculate acreage & determine planting

14. Plan & design a vineyard.


Classroom disturbances: Cell phones are to be turned off while in the classroom.  If you are seen using a cell phone, you will be asked to leave the lecture.  

In addition, no other electronic devices may be used in the class.



Students enrolled in this class are not required to have prior experience or knowledge in plant science.  It is an introductory course intended for three groups: students in degree or certificate programs, students seeking additional career skills and/or students with personal interest in agriculture.


MJC Agriculture Farm Lab - West Campus & Beckwith

Library -8 a.m. - 9 p.m.- Monday - Thursday;8 a.m. - 5 p.m.- Friday

Research Information Course - CD ROM Database and OPUS

Library Computer Lab

Career Development Center- 575-6239

Lab Notebook Instructions 

MJC General Scholarship

Course Schedule (tentative) 

Chapter 1                                  Chapter 13

Chapter 2                                  Chapter 14

Chapter 3                                  Chapter 15

Chapter 4                                  Chapter 16

Chapter 5                                  Chapter 17

Chapter 6                                  Chapter 18

Chapter 7                                  Chapter 19

Chapter 8                                  Chapter 20

Chapter 9                                  Chapter 21

Chapter 10                                Chapter 22

Chapter 11                                Chapter 23

Chapter 12                                Chapter 24


Lab #1                                     Wine

Lab #2                                     JCS Scholarship

Lab #3

Lab #4

Lab #5