DTM*1200 Turf Equipment

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The following description is for the course offering in Fall 2021 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 covers the equipment used as part of a turfgrass maintenance operation. The course emphasizes safe, efficient operation of equipment along with selection of equipment in a maintenance operation. The course also introduces the maintenance of small engines, hydraulic and electrical systems common to turfgrass equipment.


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:

By the end of this course, sucessful students will be able to:

  1. Effecitvely make equipment purchasing/usage decisions for the facility under their agreement
  2. Calibrate spraying and spreading equipment
  3. Troubleshoot common turfgrass maintenance equipment issues
  4. Instruct operators under their supervision on the safe use of equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  5. Understand the affect of equipment operation on trufgrass health
  6. Perform basic set-up and adjustment to mowing equipment

Lecture Content:

Theoretical and practical applications of equipment selection, safe use and maintenance. Practical exercises will involve the overhaul and grinding of cutting reels, calibrating spraying and spreading equipment, and troubleshooting small engines.

Topics to be covered in lectures include:

  • Equipment selection
  • Application equipment calibration
  • The affects of mowing on trufgrass systems
  • Mowing equipment maintenance
  • Hydraulic systems
  • Small engine theory and troubleshooting
Labs & Seminars:

Topics to be covered in labs include:

  • Calibrating spraying and spreading equipment
  • Set-up and maintenance of cutting units
  • Engines
    • overview, induction and ignition systems
    • Diesel engines
  • Soil cultivation types and practices
  • Safe equipment operation training practice

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test Contribution to Final Grade



Final exam


Semester project


Final examination:

Please refer to Web Advisor for class schedule and location.

Course Resources:

Recommended Resources:

Small Engines, by R. Bruce Radcliff (Author) Publisher: American Tech Publishers; 4 edition (March 7 2016), ISBN-10: 082690033X, ISBN-13: 978-0826900333

Additional Resources:

Text and graphical resources are availbale on D2L Courselink site. https://courselink.uoguelph.ca


This course is being offered using CourseLink (powered by D2L's Brightspace), the University of Guelph's online learning management system (LMS). By using this service, you agree to comply with the University of Guelph's Access and Privacy Guidelines. Please visit the D2L website to review the Brightspace privacy statement and Brightspace Learning Environment web accessibility standards.




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If you need any assistance with the software tools or the CourseLink website, contact CourseLink Support.

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This course will use Zoom for lectures and laboratories. Check your system requirements to ensure you will be able to participate.


Technical Skills:

As part of your learning experience, you are expected to use a variety of technologies for assignments, lectures, teamwork, and meetings. In order to be successful in this course you will need to have the following technical skills:

  • Manage files and folders on your computer (e.g., save, name, copy, backup, rename, delete, and check properties);
  • Install software, security, and virus protection;
  • Use office applications (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or similar) to create documents;
  • Be comfortable uploading and downloading saved files;
  • Communicate using email (e.g., create, receive, reply, print, send, download, and open attachments);
  • Navigate the CourseLink learning environment and use the essential tools, such as Dropbox,
  • Quizzes, Discussions, and Grades (the instructions for this are given in your course);
  • Access, navigate, and search the Internet using a web browser (e.g., Firefox, Internet Explorer); and
  • Perform online research using various search engines (e.g., Google) and library databases.

Contact your Teaching Assistant if you need support with any of the above.

Course Policies:

Grading Policies:

Refer to the Diploma Programn Calendar, Section VIII (Associate Diploma Regulations and Procedures).

Late work will not be accepted unless in cases Academic Consideration.

Course Policy on Group Work:

Students will be assigned a semester project to be performed in groups, but will submit completed projects individually. The project will have a portion of the mark coming from individuality of the submitted materials.

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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