DTM*3100 Current Turf Practices

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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 provides a setting to discuss and reflect on summer work experiences and introduces students to current trends in the golf course, sports field and home lawn industries. The course is based on discussions and seminars led by students to cover emerging trends in turfgrass management.


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:

At the successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Understand the various turfgrass management practices and how they vary across different sectors of the industry and among different organizations within the various sectors.
  2. Understand the current issues facing the turfgrass industry and how the industry is responding and adjusting to face these issues.
  3. Be able to research and professionally present reports (both written and verbal) on specific aspects of current turfgrass management.
  4. Understand their current professional development and career experience needs and develop a future career plan.

Lecture Content:

Topics to be covered in lectures include:

  1. Meteorology for turf management:
    1. Basic weather patterns
    2. Weather data sources
  2. Record keeping techniques
  3. Time and project management
  4. Principles of Operations Management
    1. Identifying resources
    2. Task analysis
    3. Measuring task performance
    4. Increasing operational efficiency
  5. Specialized golf course maintenance practices:
    1. Tees
    2. Greens
    3. Fairways
    4. Greens
    5. Roughs
    6. Bunkers
    7. Mowing practices
    8. Cultivation
    9. Pest management
    10. Fertility programs
    11. Irrigation and drainage
    12. Course setup
    13. Traffic management
    14. Winter preparation
    15. Water features
    16. Natural areas
    17. Event preparation
  6. Specialized sports field management practices:
    1. Mowing practices
    2. Cultivation
    3. Pest management
    4. Fertility programs
    5. Irrigation and drainage
    6. Line painting
    7. Event preparation
    8. Sport specific management practices
    9. Artificial turf maintenance
  7. Specialized lawn care management practices:
    1. Marketing and promotion
    2. Developing a lawn care program
      1. Fertility programs
      2. Pest management
    3. Scheduling and service routing
  8. Specialized sod production management practices:
    1. Field preparation
    2. Turf establishment
    3. Mowing
    4. Pest management
    5. Harvesting
    6. Storage and marketing
  9. Human resource management practices
  10. Maintenance facility design and organization
  11. Client communication
  12. Crisis management
  13. Professionalism & ethics
  14. Career development

Note: Additional topics may be discussed based on feedback from students regarding their internship experiences and specific management challenges encountered.

Labs & Seminars:

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test Contribution to Final Mark

Internship Journals


In-Class Assignments


Internship Oral Report


Professional Portfolio & Career Plan


Final examination:

There is no final examination for this course.

Course Resources:

Required Texts:


Recommended Texts:


Lab Manual:


Other Resources:

Assigned readings and other resource material will be provided via the DTM *3100 D2L website.

Field Trips:


Additional Costs:


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.

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