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Undergraduate Course Descriptions

PPS 105: Plant Production Systems 2(2+0)

An introduction to plant production covering plant environment and its effects on production. Cultural practices. Cropping systems (field crops - horticultural crops). Controlled environment agriculture systems. Recent trends in plant production. 


PPS 203: Crop Ecology 2(2+0)

Environmental factors (Climatic, Soil, Biotic). Environmental factors and their relation to crop growth and development. The relationship between crops and the living organisms in the environment. Crop adaptation. Environmental stresses (sources, types and their effects on growth) Crop tolerance and resistance. Agricultural crop production under stress conditions. 


PPS 206: Genetics and Biotechnology 3(2+1)

An introduction course to genetics and biotechnology covering Mendelian genetics. Chromosome structure. Linkage and crossover. Chromosomal changes. Gene action. Gene structure. Gene expression. Genetic manipulation. DNA isolation. Gell fusion. Gene transfer. Gene mapping. Applications of biotechnology in agriculture.  


PPS 305: Nurseries and Methods of Plant Propagation 2(1+1)

Importance of nurseries. Establishment of nurseries. Types of nurseries and greenhouses. Types of pots and potting media. Sexual and vegetative propagation of plants. Propagation using tissue culture. Cultural practices and maintenance of plants in nurseries. 


PPS 308: Plant Tissue Culture 2(1+1)

Introduction to tissue culture. Establishment of tissue culture lab. Formulation of nutrient media. Extraction and preparation of explants. Environmental factors affecting invitro culture. Regeneration and hardening of plantlets. Application of tissue culture techniques in some agricultural crops.  


PPS 309: Crop Physiology 3(2+1)

Seeds and germination. Water relations. Mineral nutrition. Biological nitrogen fixation. Energy and photosynthesis.  The physiological basis of crop production efficiency. Transport and partitioning. Growth and development. Root growth. Vegetative growth. Flowering and fruiting. Growth analysis. Use of plant growth regulators in agricultural crops.  Applied case studies. 


PPS 310: Principles of Plant Breeding 3(2+1)

History, nature and goals of plant breeding. Reproduction systems in cultivated plants in relation to plant breeding methods. Relationships between genetics and cytology sciences with plant breeding. Genetic basis of simple and quantitative inheritance. Effect of self and cross pollination. Mutation and mutation breeding. Structure of base populations. Breeding methods for self pollinated species. Breeding methods for cross pollinated species. Breeding for environmental and biotic stresses. Application of biotechnology methods in plant breeding. 


PPS 321: Production of Fruit Trees 3(2+1)

Environmental requirements for growth and fruiting of evergreen and deciduous fruit trees. Establishment of orchards and cultural practices. Important tree species and cultivars that could be grown under the environmental conditions in different regions in the Kingdom.  (Faculty 1, 2)


PPS 324: Production of Date Palm and Dates 2(1+1)

Date palm economic importance. Growth habit. Flowering, fruiting and propagation. Establishment of orchards and cultural practices. Important cultivars grown in different regions in the Kingdom. Fruit harvest, quality and chemical composition. Preservation, packaging and storage of dates. 


PPS 331: Vegetable Production 3(2+1)

Study of important vegetable crops in the kingdom. Economic importance. Environmental requirements. Production methods. Cultural practices and important cultivars. 


PPS 340: Field Crops Production 3(2+1)

Study of important field crops (Cereals, Legumes, Fiber, Oil and Sugar crops) in relation to: economic importance, environmental requirements, production methods, cultural practices and important cultivars. Crop harvest and crop quality requirements. 


PPS 347: Weed Control  2(1+1)

Introduction. Weed classification. Dispersal and competition. Weed control: naturally, biologically and chemically. Principals, methods, and application methods of herbicides. 


PPS 348: Forage Crop Production 2(1+1)

Forage crops characteristics. Ecological requirements and Agricultural practices.  Forage management; direct grazing, hay and silage production. Forage mixtures. The common forages in Saudi Arabia, and their nutritional value. 

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PPS 352: Afforestation in Dry Areas 2(1+1)

Definitions and terminology used in silviculture and afforestation. Desertification and desertification combat. Methods and purposes of afforestation. Establishing forest nurseries. Forest regeneration and tree propagation. Principals of choosing forest tree species. Establishing tree plantations. Silviculture methods. 


PPS 353: Forestry and Wood Technology 3(2+1)

The course offers primary information on distribution of forests in the world and tree cover of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Legislations concerning forests. Methods of protecting and maintaining forests. Forest mensuration. Wood formation. Wood properties (Physical, mechanical, chemical and anatomical) and exploiting forest products. 


PPS 366: Range Management 3(2+1)

Range Science. Distribution of rangeland vegetation around the world. Social and economic importance   rangelands. Components and functions of rangeland ecosystems. Plant-animal relationship. Morphology and physiology of plants in relation to grazing. Stocking rate and rangeland carrying capacity. Rangeland condition and trend. Grazing systems. Management of poisonous and invasive species. Range animal nutrition. Wild life management in rangelands. Rangeland improvement and rehabilitation. 


PPS 375: Ornamental Plants and Turf Grasses 3(2+1)

The importance and the benefits of ornamental plants and turfgrasses. The different groups of ornamental plants (trees, palm and palm-like plants, shrubs, hedges and fences, climbers and creepers, herbaceous plants, cacti and succulent plants, ground covers, indoor plants, and aquatic and semi-aquatic plants). Factors effecting production of ornamental plants and turfgrasses. Growing media and environmental factors. Agricultural practices and maintenance. Propagation of ornamental plants and turfgrasses. The morphological description of turfgrasses. The species of turfgrasses and the factors affecting them.


PPS 401: Controlled Environment Agriculture 3(2+1)

This course deals with the importance and benefits of controlled environment agriculture. The different types of protection. Types, components and shape of greenhouses. The suitable ecological factors inside the greenhouses (soil; soilless; and hydroponics culture, temperature, humidity, and artificial light). Propagation and propagation media. Irrigation, fertilization, pruning, pest control, and growth regulators programs in the greenhouses. Production of ornamental, vegetable, and other plants seedlings. The important ornamental, vegetable, and other plants produced in the greenhouses.


PPS 404: Principles of Field experiments 2(1+1)

Elements of experiments. Types of agricultural experiments. Field experimental designs: Simple randomized designs, Factorial experiments. Sampling within experimental units. Data collections. Data analysis and illustration of results.


PPS 405: Field Training 3(0+3)

This course is intended to prepare students to face practical agricultural life through field training in the Collage Experimental Station and/or in Agricultural companies. The students conduct studies and acquire necessary skills in the field of plant Sciences. Students are required to submit a comprehensive report at the end of the training.


PPS408: Handling and Storage of Agricultural Crops 3(2+1)

Harvesting, handling and storage of agricultural crops. Physiological changes  of fruits during storage. Effect of preparation and treatments on fruit quality. Effect of major environmental factors during fruit ripening on storage ability. Refrigeration methods. Storage diseases and pests.


PPS 409 Seed Production and Testing 2(1+1)

Nature of flowering, pollination and fruit formation. Factors affecting seed production. Seed production requirements. Stages of seed production. Hybrid seed production. Seed processing, Seed treatment and seed storage. Seed certification. Seed standards. Factors effecting viability.  Tests of seed quality.


PPS 460: Range Inventory and Monitoring 2(1+1)

Dynamics of vegetation changes under grazing. Rangeland sampling and measurements (cover, density, frequency, abundance), range site characterization. Estimation of rangeland carrying capacity. Setting stocking rates. Determination of utilization.  Evaluation of rangeland condition and trend. Palatability measurement. Evaluation of forage nutrient content. 

PPS 477: Landscaping of Sites Gardens and Parks 2(1+1)

Historical study of landscape gardening. Main garden styles and designs. Principles of landscaping. Garden components. Classification, specification and styles of parks. Public gardens in various cities of Saudi Arabia. 


PPS 490: Seminar 2(0+2)

Applied studies in areas of Field crops, Horticulture or Range and Forest sciences.


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