Alabama Course of Study Objectives



  1. Identify major agricultural commodities in the local area, state, nation, and world.
  • Sequencing major changes and accomplishments in the history of agriculture.
  • Describing various agricultural organizations and their roles in the agricultural


  • Defining agriculture and major divisions of the agriculture industry.


  1. Determine factors in developing an effective career plan, including procedures for obtaining employment.
  • Identifying various careers in the agricultural industry.


  1. Identity tool and equipment safety procedures in woodworking, welding, electrical, small engine, plumbing, and masonry operations.


  1. Utilize technology to access, manage, and integrate information in the agricultural industry.

          Examples: Internet, spreadsheets, databases.


  • Identifying technological advancements that enhance the agricultural industry.


  1. Apply problem-solving skills to resolve agribusiness issues.
  • Explaining the eight steps in the decision-making process.
  • Describing fundamental principles of economics that affect the management of a business, including supply and demand.


  1. Identify characteristics of a SAE program, including manageability, record keeping, availability of facilities, and financing.

           -Identifying principles of financial literacy.

           -Describing factors to be considered in agricultural entrepreneurial opportunities

            Examples: risk, reward, business climate, obtaining finances.


  1. Demonstrate communication skills, including prepared public speaking, extemporaneous speaking, creed speaking, and parliamentary procedure, through career development events (CDEs).
  • Demonstrating leadership and teamwork skills gained through student organization activities.


Examples: activities-CDEs, proficiency awards, officer leadership

opportunities, teamwork opportunities.


  1.  Identify methods for conserving the environment.
  • Explaining the importance of natural resources.
  • Describing techniques for recycling, reusing, and reducing the use of natural resources.


  1.  Identify major soil areas in Alabama.

           -Identifying layers of soil in a soil profile.

           -Determining the texture of various soil samples.

           -Determining the land capability class for a given plot of land.

           -Explain how to adjust soil pH.


  1.  Determine characteristics and function of plants.

           -Explaining plant processes, including photosynthesis, respiration, and     


          -Identifying the sixteen essential elements needed for plant health and growth.

          -Identifying various requirements needed to produce successful vegetable gardens,

            greenhouse plants, and landscape plants.

          -Propagating plants sexually and asexually.

          -Explaining how agricultural crops can be utilized as alternative fuel sources.


  1.  Determine forest management practices.
  •  Identifying trees for local, state, national, and global markets.
  • Applying mathematics concepts to the measurement of trees and land.


  1.  Identify common breeds of livestock and their characteristics, including cattle, swine, sheep, equine, and poultry.

          -Identifying species-specific terminology used to describe livestock.


          Examples: bovine-bull, cow, heifer, steer calf.

          Equine–stallion, mare, foal, gelding, filly.

          Swine-boar, sow, piglet, gilt, barrow.


         -Explaining practices used to manage livestock, including handling, breeding,

           vaccinating, and transporting.

        -Determining nutritional requirements for livestock, including cattle, swine, sheep,

          equine, and poultry.


  1. Differentiate among types of aquaculture enterprises in Alabama, including catfish, crawfish, shrimp, and tilapia.


  1.  Assess ethical and legal responsibilities for conduct in wildlife management.

            -Identifying state hunting laws and regulations concerning wildlife.

            -Explaining hunter ethics.

            -Determining management practices used to enhance wildlife habitats.

           -Explaining hunting safety practices.


  1.  Describe the importance of pest management in the agricultural industry.

           -Comparing types of pesticides and how they control pests.



  1.  Apply mathematical, reading, and writing skills used in woodworking.

           -Developing a plan of procedure for a woodworking project.

           -Interpreting a plan of procedure for a woodworking project.

          -Demonstrating procedures for constructing a woodworking project, including

            completing a bill of materials, calculating board feet, selecting tools, applying

            measurements, cutting, assembling, and finishing.


  1.  Demonstrate procedures used in arc welding.


  1.  Explain the theory of operation for two- and four-cycle small engines.



  1. Demonstrate procedures used in wiring electrical circuits.


  1. Identify procedures for installing and maintaining water and sewage lines for agricultural structures.

          -Demonstrating the installation of plumbing fixtures.

Construction Framing



  1.  Compare various career opportunities associated with frame construction.

            Examples: engineer, construction foreman, carpenter.


  1.  Demonstrate job site safety in frame construction.


  1. Compare applications of hardwood and softwood lumber used in framing structures.


          -Identifying grades of lumber.

          Examples: appearance grade, timber grade, dimension grade.


         -Identifying defects that affect lumber grade.

         Examples: know, wane, split, check, warp


  1.  Calculate a bill of materials for the framing of a wood structure.


  1.  Compare advantages of concrete flooring systems and wood flooring systems.


  1. Design a floor framing system for a structure.


         -Describing the purpose of a sill used in structures.

         -Demonstrating the layout of joist headers and floor joists used in structures.

         -Contrasting various subfloor materials used in structures.

          Examples: tongue and groove plywood, plywood, oriented strand board, shiplap


         -Demonstrating the installation of a subfloor for a structure.


  1.   Design a wall framing system for a structure.

             -Comparing the use of wood and metal wall framing components.

             -Describing the use of a soleplate in structures.

             -Demonstrating the construction of corner posts with and without blocking.

             -Demonstrating the use of installation of full, cripple, and trimmer studs.

             -Demonstrating the installation of a double top plate in structures.

             -Demonstrating the installation of rough openings for doors and window,               

               including headers.

            -Demonstrating techniques for bracing a wall.



  1.  Compare various wall sheathing materials for structures.

            Examples:foam board, oriented strand board, insulating board, plywood.


  1.  Explain the importance of vapor barriers used in wall framing.

           -Comparing advantages of using plastic and building felt as vapor barriers in walls.


  1.  Design a ceiling framing system for a structure.

           -Demonstrating the installation of ceiling joists.

           -Explaining the use of headers in two-story structures.

           -Demonstrating the installation of rough openings for stairs, attic access, and    



  1.  Identify types of stairs used in structures.

            -Comparing materials used in stair construction.

            -Calculating the total rise, number and size of risers, and treads for a stairway.

  1.  Demonstrate the procedure for laying out and cutting stringers for stair construction.


  1.  Demonstrate the procedure for installing handrails to stairs.


  1.  Identify types of roofs used in structures.

               Examples:  hip, gable, gambrel, shed


  1.  Compare conventional and truss roof systems for structures.

            -Laying out common, hip, and valley rafters.

            -Laying out a truss using a framing square.

            -Demonstrating the installation of rough openings for vents, skylights, and



  1.  Compare various decking materials for roof systems.

            Examples: tongue and groove plywood, plywood, orientated strand board.


  1.  Describe types of materials used for roof systems.

            Examples: felt, shingles, metal, roofing, roll roofing


  1.  Demonstrate the installation of roofing materials.

Introduction to Veterinary Medicine


  1. Compare job characteristics of various careers in veterinary science.


  1.  Identify safety precautions for veterinary science personnel.


  1. Describe responsibilities of animal control and humane societies.

           -Describing responsible ownership of animals.



  1.  Describe humane treatment of animals.


  1.  Describe effects of captivity on exotic animals.


  1.  Identify laws and regulations involving animals.

Examples:  leash law, noise control, mandatory euthanasia


  1. Describe various body systems of animals, including skeletal, muscular, circulatory, Respiratory, nervous, urinary, endocrine, and digestive.



  1.  Identify methods of disease prevention in animals.

            Examples: worming, vaccination


            -Analyzing symptoms of animal disease for diagnostic purposes

            -Selecting drugs to treat animals


            Examples: antibiotics, wormers

            -Describing environmental factors affecting animals



  1.  Demonstrate procedures for administering vaccinations, including subcutaneous and intramuscular.



  1.  Identify proper hygiene for animals.


  1.  Describe normal and abnormal animal behaviors,


             Examples:  normal – signs of contentment, playfulness

                                  abnormal-aggression, loss of appetite



  1.  Differentiate among veterinary services for various animals.

Important Dates





1st Semester $20

2nd Semester $20


*May be paid all at once or seperate.


FFA Dues $20


*All Shop Fees and FFA dues

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