DTM*3800 (F) Special Study Project I

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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.

A self-directed student project focusing on a topic of academic and/or practical interest to the student. The student will identify and propose a detailed course outline to be reviewed and approved by the faculty supervisor prior to the commencement of the project. The project could include a research assignment, a literature review, and/or a hands-on assignment with specific learning objectives and milestones for achieving these objectives.

Pre-Requisites: 4.00 credits
Equates: DHRT*3910
Restrictions: Enrolment in the Associate Diploma in TurfgrassManagement program.


Teaching Assistant:

Credit Weight:


Course Level:

  • Diploma

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture



Semester Offering:

  • Fall

Class Schedule and Location:

As outlined in the Course Learning Contract.

It is the student's responsibility to maintain a calendar of all deadlines for their project and make arrangements/schedule meetings with their project advisor. A minimum of 1 week notice should be provided when trying to schedule a meeting with the project advisor. Failure to commit to meetings and deadlines listed in the Learning Contract may result in late penalties.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Have an in-depth understanding of a specific turf management topic
  2. Conduct a detailed investigation of a specialized topic related to turf science or management
  3. Create a detailed report and/or presentation on a specialized turf science or management topic
Additional Learning Outcomes

Any additional learning outcomes as listed in the approved Learning Contract.

Lecture Content:

As indicated in the Course Learning Contract.

Labs & Seminars:

As indicated in the Course Learning Contract.

Course Assignments and Tests:

Marking Schemes & Distributions

Grading distribution schemes are to be proposed in the Learning Contract by the student. The project advisor may suggest/require changes and/or adjustments to the proposed weighting or grade distributions prior to their approval.

Course Learning Contract

A completed Learning Contract must be approved and signed by the student’s project advisor and submitted to the DTM Manager via Courselink Dropbox by the 3rd week of classes. Additional course content, materials and requirements may be proposed by the student or assigned by the project advisor as outlined in the Course Learning Contract.

Progress Reports

IMPORTANT NOTE: Progress reports are a required part of this course. A minimum of 2 progress reports must be listed in the presented Learning Contract's summary of due dates. Students will be expected to organize, schedule and initiate these progress report meetings as indicated in The Learning Contract. Failure to plan and attend the progress report meetings may result in late penalties.

Final examination:

There is no final examination scheduled for this course.

Course Resources:


As indicated in the Course Learning Contract or suggested by the project advisor.

Recommended Resources:

OMAFRA Turf Publication 845; Integrated Pest Management for Turf (Readings)

This free PDF download may help to inspire areas of interest for this course. Please review the many topics, theories, principles and best management practices listed for some inspiration on selecting a good topic for this course.

Course Policies:

Grading Policies

A penalty of 10% per weekday will be deducted for any assignments submitted after the corresponding due dates listed in the Learning Contract. The same penalty may apply to students who fail to plan and/or attend the progress report meetings. Requests for extensions due to illness or other personal issues must be made in writing, in advance of the due date(s) and be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation.

Students failing to complete and submit a Course Learning Contract approved and signed by their project advisor by the third week of classes, will be penalized 2% of their final mark for every weekday the Learning Contract is late. In the event that the student does not complete and submit the Learning Contract on time, the course instructor and/or project advisor may, at their discretion, require the student to withdraw from the course.

Additional grading policies and marking rubrics may be proposed by the student or determined by the project advisor, and outlined in the approved Learning Contract. All students will be provided with 20% of their course grade by the 40th day of class.

Course Policy on Group Work

Group work may be permitted as authorized by the course instructor or project advisor who is supervising the approved special study group. Group work policy specific to this situation is to be indicated in the Learning Contract.

Any tests, quizzes or exams that are to be administered, must be taken individually by each student.

Course Policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of lectures

Electronic recording of meetings, classes, and other gatherings 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. In the case of a study group, consent from other participating students is required before recording.

Other Course Information:

Course Delivery

There are no lectures, labs or seminars planned for this course. It is the student's responsibility to manage this project independently and to develop a schedule of learning activities (ie. research, interviews, site visits etc...) based on the approved Learning Contract. Support and direction will be provided by the project supervisor when required or as listed in the Learning Contract.

University Policies

Academic Consideration

When you find yourself unable to meet an in-course requirement because of illness or compassionate reasons, please advise the course instructor in writing, with your name, id#, and e-mail contact. See the academic calendar for information on regulations and procedures for Academic Consideration:

Academic Misconduct

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University of Guelph students have the responsibility of abiding by the University's policy on academic misconduct regardless of their location of study; faculty, staff and students have the responsibility of supporting an environment that discourages misconduct. Students need to remain aware that instructors have access to and the right to use electronic and other means of detection. Please note: Whether or not a student intended to commit academic misconduct is not relevant for a finding of guilt. Hurried or careless submission of assignments does not excuse students from responsibility for verifying the academic integrity of their work before submitting it. Students who are in any doubt as to whether an action on their part could be construed as an academic offence should consult with a faculty member or faculty advisor.

The Academic Misconduct Policy is detailed in the University Calenders:


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