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Courses - Spring 2018
INAG
Institute of Applied Agriculture
INAG099
(Perm Req)
Cooperative Education
Credits: 0
Grad Meth: S-F
Restriction: Co-op is open to sustainable agriculture and agricultural business management students who have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours, have a minimum GPA of 2.0, and have advisor's permission.

Cooperative Education, the culminating 22-week field experience in your program, is a collaborative partnership between the Institute of Applied Agriculture and the employer to provide a quality academic and practical training for students. Each student's co-op will vary according to the unique career direction the student wishes to pursue and is intended to accompany seminars and activities previously acquired in the IAA program. Upon completion of the course, students will have established contacts in the industry and substantial documentation to develop a personal portfolio.

This course has a $250 fee.
INAG101
Computer Applications
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to students in the AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department. Others by permission of the AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department.

An up-to-date introduction to the use of computers on campus and in the agricultural industry. Exposure will be given to operating systems, storage media, networking, multimedia, and current hardware. Hands-on applica;tions with computers will cover windows operating system, word processing, spreadsheets and networking.
INAG104
Agricultural Mathematics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to students in the AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department. Others by permission of the AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department. The development of problem-solving skills often used in the everyday world of work. Problems involving soils, fertilizers, seeding rates, feed mixtures, and business finance. Development of mathematical skills in solving basic equations, the use of percent and ratios, and calculating various linear and cubic measurements.
INAG105
Soils and Fertilizers
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be in a major in AGNR-College of Agriculture & Natural Resources; or permission of AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department.
Soils and Fertilizers is an introductory course for students entering careers related to applied agricultural production. The course is divided into three subject areas; soil properties, soil fertility, and environmental concerns of using soils for agricultural production. Emphasis is placed upon the characteristics of Maryland soils which are similar to the soils in the mid-Atlantic region. The importance of nutrient management and non-point source pollution of the Chesapeake Bay are covered in the course.
Must be a major in AGNR-College of Agriculture & Natural Resources OR permission of AGNR-institute of Applied Agriculture department.
INAG106
Pesticide Use and Safety
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
Additional information: Priority enrollment will be given to students in the IAA program or to students in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR).
An overview of pesticide use and safety. Topics include environmental protection, labeling, personal safety, first aid, formulation and chemistry, equipment, disposal, storage, record-keeping and liability. The course prepares students to take the Maryland State test for a private applicator's license.
Restricted to students in the AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department. Others by permission of the AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department.
INAG110
Oral Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
GenEd: FSOC
Credit only granted for: COMM107, COMM200, INAG110, JOUR130, THET285.
A study of how perception, self-concept, verbal and nonverbal communications affect the communication process as it emerges in the work place. The course provides skill training in speech writing, public speaking, group communication, interpersonal communication, listening, and responding.
INAG110S
Oral Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: FSOC
Credit only granted for: COMM107, COMM200, INAG110, JOUR130, THET285.
A study of how perception, self-concept, verbal and nonverbal communications affect the communication process as it emerges in the work place. The course provides skill training in speech writing, public speaking, group communication, interpersonal communication, listening, and responding.
INAG131
Introduction to Agricultural Policy and Communication
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be a student in the Institute of Applied Agriculture; or must be in a major in AGNR-College of Agriculture & Natural Resources; or permission of AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department.
Introduction to Agricultural Policy and Communication equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to engage in real-world communication around timely issues in agriculture. This course covers basics of United States government and the policymaking process, current and historical policy issues in agriculture, advocacy communication strategies and tactics, and careers in policy and advocacy. This course focuses on practical skills application, as well as exposure to government and advocacy work in action, including field trips and guest speakers. Throughout the course, students will learn and practice communication methods both individually and in team-directed agriculture-related projects.
Introduction to Agricultural Policy and Communication equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to engage in real-world communication around timely issues in agriculture. This course covers basics of United States government and the policymaking process, current and historical policy issues in agriculture, advocacy communication strategies and tactics, and careers in policy and advocacy. This course focuses on practical skills application, as well as exposure to government and advocacy work in action, including field trips and guest speakers. Throughout the course, students will learn and practice communication methods both individually and in team-directed agriculture-related projects.
INAG132
Agricultural Leadership and Teamwork
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Students at the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA); or students at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR); or permission may be granted to other students based on available space.
Introduces fundamental concepts related to leadership and teamwork in agricultural organizations. Topics include leadership practices and skills; relationships between leadership, authority, power, and ethics; team decision-making and management; and organizational culture and change. Students will develop effective leadership skills necessary for leading agricultural organizations.
Four required in-person evening classes will be held: January 30, 2018, February 20, 2018, March 13, 2018, and April 24, 2018. Class meetings will be held at the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, (SMADC), 15045 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville, MD 20637
INAG199
Special Problems
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restricted to students in the AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department. Others by permission of the AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department.
INAG199C
Special Problems; in AgriScience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restricted to students in the AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department. Others by permission of the AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department.
INAG204
Agricultural Business Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Recommended: INAG102.
Restriction: Must be in a major in AGNR-College of Agriculture & Natural Resources; or permission of AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department.
Additional information: Priority in enrollment will be given to students within the Institute of Applied Agriculture. May not count toward any BMGT major or minor requirement.
This course integrates various concepts related to managing a profitable agricultural business. Topics include business management and decision making, preparing a business plan, financial analysis and budgeting, risk and investment management, and small business taxes, among others. Students will gain relevant knowledge and skills as they complete the comprehensive business plan for successfully managing an agricultural business.
INAG205
Analyzing Alternative Enterprises
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in AGNR-College of Agriculture & Natural Resources; or permission of AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department.
Additional information: Priority in enrollment will be given to students within the Institute of Applied Agriculture.
This course identifies and analyzes alternative crops, livestock, and other agricultural business enterprises. Students assess sustainability, geographic adaptability and potential profitability of businesses through lectures, class projects, and presentations from farmers, entrepreneurs, and managers engaged in alternative enterprises. Topics may include value added approaches, organic crop production, and recreational agricultural pursuits.
Section 0201 requires four in-person evening classes: January 31, 2018 February 21, 2018, March 28, 2018 and April 25, 2018. Class meetings will be held at the Southern Maryland AgriculturalDevelopment Commission (SMADC), 15045 Burnt Store Rd, Hughesville, MD 20637. In addition, one field-trip day will be arranged for students to visit multiple area farms relevant to the course.
INAG206
Agricultural Business Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Students at the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA); or students at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR); or permission may be granted to other students based on available space.
Additional information: Course cannot be used to fulfill a requirement for a Robert H. Smith School of Business major or minor.
This course introduces various legal concepts and their relationships to agricultural business and transactions. Topics include torts, criminal law, contracts, promissory notes, property, partnerships, business entities, employment, and bankruptcy, among others. Students will gain a general understanding of the legal system that will help them manage and/or operate profitable agricultural businesses.
INAG207
Power and Machinery
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: INAG250 or PLSC204.
Restriction: Must be in a major within the AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department; or permission of AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department.
Additional information: Priority will be given to IAA students and permission will be granted to AGNR students and others on a space available basis.
The basic principles of compact equipment management, including selection, maintenance, operation, adjustment and troubleshooting of agricultural machinery and power units will be studied. The methods of power development, measurement, transmission through power trains both mechanical and hydraulic will be studied. A systematic disassembly, analysis, diagnosis and reassembly of a small engine will be completed by each student.
INAG215
Business Management Principles for Turf Facilities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: INAG107; or PLSC305.
Restriction: Must be in a major within the AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department; or must be in one of the following programs (Plant Sciences; Plant Sciences: Horticulture & Crop Production; Plant Sciences: Landscape Management; Plant Sciences: Plant Science; Plant Sciences: Turf & Golf Course Mgmt) ; or permission of AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department.
Additional information: Enrollment priority is given to students majoring in Turfgrass and Golf Course Management in the Institute of Applied Agriculture and Plant Science and Landscape Architecture.
An advanced course in turfgrass management with emphasis on development of maintenance operating budgets for labor, fertilization, pest control, and supplemental cultural practices for golf courses and athletic field facilities. An overview of the current trend in golf course design and construction and in athletic field construction practices will be covered. Students will be responsible for a presentation concerning some phase of turfgrass management relating to golf course or athletic field operations.
INAG235
(Perm Req)
Irrigation and Drainage
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Also offered as: PLSC235.
Credit only granted for: INAG235, PLSC235 or PLSC489I.
Formerly: PLSC489I.
Additional information: Priority enrollment will be given to IAA and PLSC majors. By permission for available seats.
An overview of U.S. and state water doctrines and plant water use rates Irrigation systems for residential and athletic field use will be discussed covering such topics as hydraulics, sprinkler spacing, pipe selection and sizing, pumps, controllers, valves, and irrigation trouble shooting. Surface and subsurface drainage for turfgrass sites will also be covered.
INAG244
Herbaceous Plants
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major within the AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department; or must be in a major in AGNR-College of Agriculture & Natural Resources; or permission of AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department.
Also offered as: PLSC244.
Credit only granted for: INAG244 or PLSC244.
Herbaceous plants are integral components of residential and commercial landscapes. Students will become familiar with 250 annual and perennial plants. The emphasis will be on plant management requirements and seasonal variation in the landscape.
INAG248
Topics in Sustainable Agriculture
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
INAG250
(Perm Req)
Fundamentals of Agricultural Mechanics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department.
Also offered as: PLSC204, PLSC204.
Credit only granted for: ENBE200 or PLSC204 or INAG250.
Formerly: ENBE200.
Additional information: Priority given to IAA majors and AGNR students whose major requires this course. Permission will be granted to other students on seats available basis.
A comprehensive course that teaches the fundamentals of agricultural related mechanics. Lecture and lab exercises will cover the broad range of topics associated with agricultural mechanics including electricity, plumbing, welding processes, and wood and metal working applications. Emphasis will be given to the design and installation of electrical circuits. It will also include project planning and implementation including development of safety protocols for each area of study and introduction of GPS equipment and software for survey data collection.
INAG252
Agricultural Public Relations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Recommended: INAG103.
Restriction: Students at the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA); or students at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR); or permission may be granted to other students based on available space.
Introduces the fundamental concepts and procedures of public relations in agriculture. Topics include understanding external audiences; key practices in agricultural media relations, social media, executive communication, and crisis communication; and managing the research, planning, and evaluation aspects of the public relations process. Students will gain the public relations knowledge and skills necessary for communicating effectively with an organization's external audiences.
INAG299A
Supervised Work Experience; Internship I
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: S-F
Restricted to students in the AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department. Others by permission of the AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
INAG299B
Supervised Work Experience; Internship II
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Restricted to students in the AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department. Others by permission of the AGNR-Institute of Applied Agriculture department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.