DTM*4000 Turf Management III

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The following description is for the course offering in Winter 2019 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 emphasizes the differences between abiotic and biotic stressors and their management. The course reinforces the principles of integrated pest management and focuses on how environmental conditions, management practices and turfgrass biology impact playability and survival of turfgrasses.

Instructors:

Teaching Assistant:

Karen Francisco

Credit Weight:

0.50

Course Level:

  • Diploma

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture

Campus:

Guelph

Semester Offering:

  • Winter

Class Schedule and Location:

Please refer to Web Advisor for class schedule and location.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Explain biotic and abiotic stresses in turfgrass systems as they affect and are affected by management practices.
  2. Implement best management practices for turf management through an integrated approach.
  3. Explain the concept of integrated pest management (IPM) in detail and develop an IPM program on any turfgrass site.
  4. Display an understanding of epidemiology as it related to disease development and pest modeling and preventative management.
  5. Write a comprehensive paper based on information from published literature and lecture material.
 
 

Lecture Content:

Topics to be covered*:
  • Introduction to IPM
  • Review of weeds, insects and diseases
  • Abiotic stressors
  • Nematodes and epidemiology
  • IPM of weeds, insects and diseases
  • Developing technologies and IPM plan implementation
  • Winterizing turf
  • Southern grasses

* Topics for both lecture and labs may change as the semester progresses

Labs & Seminars:
Labs to be covered*:
  • Math review 
  • Build-a-green
  • Pest review 
  • Nematodes and nematode extractions 
  • Fungicide lab 
  • Diagnostic case study
  • Water movement in soil
  • IPM project presentations
  • Build-a-green presentations and judging 
 
* Topics for both lecture and labs may change as the semester progresses

Course Assignments and Tests:

Test or Assignment Contribution to Final Mark Learning Outcomes Assessed

Quizzes

20%

1, 2, 3, 4

Midterm

15%

1, 2, 3, 4

Final Exam

20%

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Build-a-green lab

15%

6

Fungicide lab

5%

1

Diagnostic lab

5%

1, 6

Water movement lab

5%

6

IPM Project

15%

2, 3, 5, 6

 

Final examination:

Please refer to Web Advisor for exam schedule and location.

Course Resources:

Required Texts:

There are no required texts for this course.

Recommended Texts:

OMAFRA Publication 845: Integrated Pest Management for Turf

Lab Manual:

There are no manuals for the lab.

Other Resources:
CourseLink (Website) https://courselink.uoguelph.ca
Lectures presented in PowerPoint as well as quiz keys and additional material can all be found on CourseLink.
Field Trips:

N/A

Additional costs:

N/A

Course Policies:

Make Ups, Missed Deadlines: 

All work is expected on the date due.  Late work will be accepted up to five days late with a 10% grade reduction per business day.

If any exams must be missed for professional development, religious or personal reasons, arrangements must be made with the instructor BEFORE the scheduled date of the exam.  Any exams missed due to emergencies or illness may be made up only if appropriate documentation is provided.

Any quizzes that are to be missed due to previous commitments or registration with SAS can be taken at an alternative time, as long as arrangements are made with the instructor BEFORE each quiz date. Any quizzes missed as a result of a documented illness can be made up with approval of the instructor.

Course Policy on Group Work:

Most of the labs will be conducted in groups. The fungicide lab, IPM project and Build-a-green lab report will be submitted as group reports. However, the diagnostic lab and water movement lab reports will be turned in as individual reports. For the group projects, in order to ensure that each member is involved, you will be asked to grade your group members on their involvement as part of the assignment. Each individual group member’s grade will be based on the group grade as well as the results of the assessments from other group members. The assessment sheet can be found on CourseLink.

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.

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