DTM*3400 Landscape Construction

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The following description is for the course offering in Fall 2018 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.  

Instructors:

Teaching Assistant:

Natassya Lu

Credit Weight:

0.50

Course Level:

  • Diploma

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture

Campus:

Guelph

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 thereby;
  2. Determine materials used in the landscape that provide best aesthetics, good function and durability.
  3. Practice communication techniques illustrating best methods 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
  • Specific golf course projects – bunkers, greens and tee decks
  • Wood – characteristics and applications
  • Paving – characteristics and applications
  • Ornamental stone and applications 
  • Plant material and applications
  • Cost estimating
  • Contracts
Labs & Seminars:

Labs will be used to explore graphic communications and other presentation skills for assignments related to this course.

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test
Contribution to Final Grade

Construction Report

20%

Contours

20%

Detail Library

20%

Quiz

15%

Materials Project

25%

Final examination:

There is no final exam for this course.

Course Resources:

Required Texts:

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

Recommended Texts:

None.

Lab Manual:

None.

Other Resources:

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

Field Trips:

Selected field trips will be a part of this course offering practical insight and understanding of important landscape materials, their design, development/production and implementation.  A field trip fee is collected as part of DTM student fees. Safety footwear is required to attend these field trips.

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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