DTM*3400 Landscape Construction

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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 examines the physical properties and the appropriate uses of landscape construction materials. The impact of design, construction techniques and selection of materials are emphasized in relation to golf and sports field settings.  


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, you should be able to:

  1. Understand the physical properties of landscape construction materials and their interactions.
  2. Determine materials used in the landscape that provide best aesthetics, function and durability to meet a variety of design standards.
  3. Practice communication techniques illustrating best practice's of landscape construction.
  4. Recognize and plan for the connection between design intentions and construction practices.

Lecture Content:

Topics to be covered in lectures include:

  • Basic drafting and communication techniques
  • Working drawings and design details
  • Design Process review
  • Review of current design trends
  • Contours, spot elevations and surface drainage
  • Wood – characteristics and applications
  • Aggregates – construction applications
  • Paving – characteristics and applications
  • Ornamental stone and applications 
  • Plant material and applications
  • Cost estimating
  • Contracts

Most assignments are graphic/visual.

Some assignments include written reports to encourage literacy and presentation skills.

Creativity is always encouraged.

Clean, clear and professional presentation of assignment work is a must.

Please have all drafting equipment from DTM 2400 Landscape Design available for this course.

Labs & Seminars:

Labs will be used to explore graphic communications and other presentation skills for assignments related to this course and, possibly, visit landscape construction sites.

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test
Contribution to Final Grade

Construction Report


Contour Model


Detail Library




Materials Project


Final examination:

There is no final exam for this course.

Course Resources:

Required Resources

Students are required to have a notebook (durable) to use as a journal.

Other Resources

Assigned readings and other resource material will be provided via the DTM *3400 D2L website.

An important note about teaching format

Please note that lectures and labs for this course will be held face to face. If you are a student who prefers to attend remotely due to concerns or illness related to COVID please contact David White by email at dwhite14@uoguelph.ca. A study plan will be developed for you to participate remotely making use of the CourseLink/D2L website and its technology (or a comparable format as remote viewing software is subject to change. Such technology changes will be communicated to students by email).

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:

Specific assignment group work is encouraged for this course and will be discussed in class. All other 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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Academic Consideration

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