DTM*3800 Special Study Project I

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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.

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.  


Teaching Assistant:

Credit Weight:


Course Level:

  • Diploma

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture.


Semester Offering:

  • Winter

Class Schedule and Location:

As indicated in the Course Learning Contract

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Have an in-depth understanding of a specific turf science or 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 specific to the special study project are to be included in the Course Learning Contract.

Lecture Content:

As indicated in the Course Learning Contract.

Labs & Seminars:

As indicated in the Course Learning Contract.

Course Assignments and Tests:

A completed Course Learning Contract must be signed by the student’s faculty supervisor and submitted to the course instructor prior to 4:30 pm on the Friday at the end of second full week of classes. Additional course requirements may be assigned by faculty supervisor as outlined in the Course Learning Contract.

Final examination:

There is no final examination scheduled for this course.

Course Resources:

Required Texts:

As indicated in the Course Learning Contract.

Recommended Texts:

As indicated in the Course Learning Contract.

Lab Manual:

As indicated in the Course Learning Contract.

Other Resources:

As indicated in the Course Learning Contract.

Field Trips:

As indicated in the Course Learning Contract.

Additional Costs:

As indicated in the Course Learning Contract.

Course Policies:

Grading Policies

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.

Students failing to complete and submit a Course Learning Contract approved and signed by their faculty supervisor will be penalized 2% of their final mark for every class day the Course Learning Contract is late.

Additional grading policies may be determined by the faculty supervisor and outlined in the Course Learning Contract.

All students will be provided with some form of numerical grade feedback to assignment work by the 40th day of the semester to ensure each learner is aware of their success relating to class assessment.

Course Policy on Group Work:

Group work may be permitted as authorized by the faculty member who is supervising a special study group of students studying a specific topic. Group work policy specific to this situation is to be indicated in the Course Learning Contract.

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:

Course Learning Contract:

DTM*3800 Special Study Project I
Winter 2018 Course Learning Contract


Student Name:


Faculty Supervisor Name:


Project Title or Special Study Group Topic:


Description of Project or Study Group Topic:








Specific Learning Outcomes:








Example of Assessment Components

ASSESSMENT COMPONENT                                         VALUE                       DUE DATE
1.  Literary review first draft                                              10%                        September 30
2.  Literary review and first progress report                         10%                        October 15
3.  Second progress report                                                 10%                        November 1
4.  Analyze data and submit first draft report                       20%                        November 15
5.  Submit final report to supervisor and second reader        50%                        December 1

Note:  At least 10% of grade must be provided to student before the 40th day of classes

Note:  Student should expect to dedicate at least 5 hours per week to DTM 4800 course work throughout the entire semester

Note:  Course supervisor should meet with student at least once a month to review course progress and review marked assignments

Specfic Assessment Component

ASSESSMENT COMPONENT                                         VALUE                       DUE DATE

Late Submission Penalty: 10% of component grade per day. No components accepted after the last scheduled day of classes without appropriate medical, compassionate or psychological documentation.




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Student                                                                Faculty Supervisor



University Policies

Academic Consideration

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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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