DTM*2100 Turf Irrigation and Drainage

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The following description is for the course offering in Winter 2022 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 water management through irrigation and drainage at sites including golf, sports and lawn turf. In the first eight weeks, students learn about the principles of irrigation including design and maintenance of irrigation systems and pump stations.  In the following four weeks, students learn principles of drainage including design and installation of drainage systems.


Teaching Assistant:

Credit Weight:


Course Level:

  • Diploma

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture



Semester Offering:

  • Winter

Class Schedule and Location:

Please refer to WebAdvisor for class schedule and location.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Understand why irrigation is required
  2. Understand the various components of an irrigation system
  3. Understand irrigation system troubleshooting
  4. Understand irrigation scheduling
  5. Understand the principles of irrigation design
  6. Gain insight into the fundamentals of good golf course drainage: topography recognition, slope analysis, surface and sub-surface drainage
  7. Implement practical surveying methods and communicate results
  8. Evaluate materials used for best results in drainage projects

Lecture Content:

Topics to be covered in lectures include:


  • Soil/Plant/Water Relations
  • Sprinklers
  • Control Systems
  • Hydraulic Principles
  • Electrical Principles   
  • Design Principles
  • Pumps
  • Irrigation Scheduling
  • Design Project


  • Introduction to topography
  • Calculating grades
  • Basics of surveying
  • Recognizing and correcting turf drainage issues
  • Installation of drainage within golf features
Labs & Seminars:

There are no labs or seminars scheduled for this course.

Course Assignments and Tests:

For irrigation two progressive quizzes will be administered during the course plus a final quiz. For drainage, one final quiz will be administered.

A design project will be completed for irrigation.

Assignment or Test Contribution to Final Mark Learning Outcomes Assessed


1st Quiz 10%

1, 2

2nd Quiz 10%

2, 3, 4

Design Project 30%


Final Quiz - Irrigation 15%


Analysis of Contours

5% 6


10% 7

Final Quiz - Drainage

15% 6, 7, 8

Final examination:

There is no final examination scheduled for this course.

Course Resources:

Required Texts:


Recommended Texts:


Lab Manual:

Not applicable.

Other Resources:

Class materials will be posted to CourseLink.

Field Trips:

Not applicable.

Additional Costs:

Not applicable.

Course Policies:

Grading Policies:

The irrigation design project is due the final class of the irrigation portion. Late submissions must be submitted electronically and are subject to a 5% per week penalty. All drainage projects due at the beginning of class on the due date. Any projects submitted following this time will receive a zero. Please note that these policies are binding unless academic consideration is given to an individual student.

Course Policy on Group Work:

The surveying assignment is a team project, ideally carried out in teams of 2 or 3. The assignment will consist of a practical and written component. Individual students will receive a zero if they are not present for the practical component. Team members will contribute equally to the final results.  Academic misconduct policies continue to apply on a student-by-student basis with the entire team not necessarily held responsible for an individual’s violations.

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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