DTM*1000 The Turfgrass Industry

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The following description is for the course offering in Fall 2019 and is subject to change. It is provided for information only. The course outline distributed to the class at the beginning of the semester describes the course content and delivery, and defines the methods and criteria to be used in establishing the final grades for the course.

This course introduces the turfgrass industry and the many disciplines within the industry.  Economic and social importance of turfgrass are emphasized as are the complicated interactions among the different industry sectors.  The course emphasizes learning through field trips to various turfgrass operations that supply the turfgrass industry.


Teaching Assistant:

Credit Weight:


Course Level:

  • Diploma

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture



Semester Offering:

  • Fall

Class Schedule and Location:

Please refer to Web Advisor for class schedule and location.

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the various sectors and disciplines within the turfgrass industry.
  2. Understand the structure and function of the Canadian turfgrass industry and the economic and social importance of each sector to the economy and society.
  3. Understand the extent of the turfgrass industry in other regions of the world.
  4. Understand and have an insight into the various professional turfgrass operations visited during the weekly field trips.
  5. Identify and understand their current knowledge and abilities as it relates to their professional development needs.
  6. Develop specific learning objectives for the purpose of securing an internship position that best addresses his/her career objectives.

Lecture Content:

Scheduled course time is utilized for the weekly field trips.  Additional course content may be provided through online Courselink learning modules supporting the learning outcomes of the course. 

Labs & Seminars:

There are no labs in the course.

Course Assignments and Tests:

In addition to weekly online field trips and learning module quizzes, students are required to keep a written weekly field trip journal and complete a summary report at the end of the semester. An exercise to develop an internship learning contract with learning objectives will also be included in assessment. 

Quizzes will be conducted online using the Quiz component of the DTM*1000 D2L website. The original field trip journal is to be submitted at the end of the semester.

Assignment or Test Contribution to Final Mark

Weekly Quizzes


Field Trip Journals & Summary Reports


Internship Learning Contract Exercise


Final examination:

There is no final exam scheduled in this course.

Course Resources:

Required Texts:


Recommended Texts:


Lab Manual:


Other Resources:

Assigned readings and other resource materials will be provided via the DTM*1000 D2L website.

Field Trips:

A series of weekly field trips will be taken to visit various organizations and operations that represent the diversity of the Ontario turfgrass industry. A schedule of field trip locations will be provided through the class listserv and posted on the DTM*1000 D2L website. A field trip fee is collected as part of DTM student fees. Safety footwear is required to attend these field trips. Bus loading location on campus will be announced in class. There are field trips to a variety of sites during the semester.

Additional Costs:

There are no additional fees charged.

Course Policies:

Grading Policies:

Quizzes and assignments must be completed and submitted by the posted due dates. Late quiz attempts are not permitted. A penalty of 10% per day will be deducted for late assignments. Requests for extensions due to illness or other personal issues must be made in writing and accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. 

Course Policy on Group Work:

Group work is not permitted - all course work is to be completed by individual students.

Course Policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of lectures:

Electronic recording of classes is expressly forbidden without consent of the instructor. When recordings are permitted they are solely for the use of the authorized student and may not be reproduced, or transmitted to others, without the express written consent of the instructor.

Other Course Information:

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