This course uses case studies, debates and discussion to address management, political and philosophical issues in the turfgrass industry. The course integrates knowledge of current turfgrass management practices and social awareness to solve problems and effectively communicate solutions. Problem solving skills are introduced and applied to case studies. Communication skills are emphasized including formal writing and succinct presentation skills.
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At the end of this course, students should be able to:
1. Understand and be able to implement different problem solving and decision making techniques
2. Better communicate in a clear and concise manner through writing
3. Have an increased understanding of interpersonal communication and be able to better communicate decisions with stakeholders and team members
4. Have an increased understanding of the reasons behind certain management decisions
5. Have an increased ability to problem solve within all aspects of turf management operations
Course Assignments and Tests:
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In-class case study Peer Review
CourseLink and the Pear Tool will be the primary resources for the course. Links to articles and other supplementary materials will be updated in the Course Content section of CoursLink.
Case studies will be assigned throughout the semester according to the schedule described in this course outline. Late assignments will be accepted for one week after the due date. Late assignments will be docked by 20% per business day they are late. One day late = 20%
reduction in the final grade, two days = 40% reduction, etc. The assignment will be graded and then the deduction will be made from the student’s final score.
Online activities will be graded as the student completes them although access will be given for a limited number of days, with the minimum access being 4 days of University business. When activities close, if not completed, they will be considered missed by the student and the student will receive zero for the assignment.
In-class activities will be assigned a grade of zero if students are not present at the time of evaluation. Evaluation dates other than those that fall under the category of in-class participation activities are listed in Section 4 of this outline under Course Assignments and Tests/Additional notes.
If assignments are missed for health or other considerations then the student can request academic consideration through the proper University procedures described in the Associate Diploma Regulations and Procedures document in the 2018-2019 Diploma Program Calendar via Jill Johnson, DTM Program Counsellor and/or DTM Program Director, Stephen Fleischauer.
Course Policy on Group Work:
All assignments should be submitted individually and represent the students own novel work. In class activities may be done in groups and students are not discouraged from sharing ideas.
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:
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:
- For Graduate Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/graduate/2018-2019/genreg/sec_d0e2182.shtml
- For Undergraduate Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/undergraduate/current/c08/c08-ac.shtml
- For Diploma Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/diploma/current/c08/c08-ac.shtml
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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:
- For Graduate Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/graduate/2018-2019/genreg/sec_d0e2632.shtml
- For Undergraduate Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/undergraduate/current/c08/c08-amisconduct.shtml
- For Diploma Students: https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/diploma/current/c08/c08-amisconduct.shtml
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Course Evaluation Information
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