DTM*4300 Turf Case Studies

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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 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.


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 Web Advisor for class schedule and location.

Learning outcomes:

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

Lecture Content:

Tuesday lectures will address one or two main learning objectives, including learning a problem solving or decision making technique, and presentation of background information pertinent to the upcoming case studies that will also be released in class on Tuesdays. Tuesdays will also be used for in-class peer review of case study assignments the week following their release i.e. students will have one week to generate a draft copy of their case study assignments for in-class peer-review.

Thursday lectures will begin with an interactive review of concepts learned in lecture on Tuesday and address any questions in preparation for quizzes that will also happen throughout the semester as described in this course outline. Thursday class time will also be used for associated discussion, presentation, and brainstorming relating to course material and case study assignments.

Labs & Seminars:

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test Contribution to Final Grade Learning Outcomes Assessed

In-class case study Peer Review 



Case studies 50%





Class Participation



Semester Review Quiz

3% 1-5

Final examination


1, 4, 5

Additional notes:
  • There is no class scheduled on January 14 or 16, 2020 due to class involvement in the Ontario Golf Superintendents' Association (OGSA) conference. There is no class scheduled on January 28 or 30, 2020 due to class involvement in the Golf Industry Show/Turf Bowl in Florida. There is also no class scheduled on February 18 or 20, 2020 due to W20 Reading Week.
  • The course consists of a number of learning activities referred to as case studies. These case studies will be the vehicle to achieve the learning outcomes for the course. While there are due dates listed for the case studies, these are a guideline, and may be subject to change based on the peer review process or other unforeseen reasons. If required, changes to the submission dates will be decided by a democratic process in class, similar to the process described in Section VIII, Resolution 5, of the UofG Associate Diploma Regulations and Procedures document. Any revised dates will be announced in-class and posted on Courselink.
  • A total of 10 case studies will be presented in class throughout the semester, and each student will be assigned 5 case studies to complete. For example, case study 1 will have topics A and B. Half of the class will be assigned topic A, half of the class will be assigned topic B. For the peer review process, students with topic A will be providing a review to a student with topic B, and vice-versa, so all members of the class get a chance to be exposed to both case studies. Draft case study submissions and peer-reviews will be due at the end of class on Tuesdays according to the class schedule. Students will be required to submit an electronic copy of their peer review marking sheet with their final draft so the instructor can see if comments and edits have been incorporated.
  • The case study submissions will be written reports of varying formats (e.g. formal letter, report to a manager, budget presentation, essay, etc.), and format will relate to the lecture material presented in class.
  • Online activities (including online quizzes) will be assigned to increase the student’s grasp of the learning outcomes throughout the semester. Online activities also include final case study submission to Courselink Dropbox and there are a total of 5 quizzes throughout the semester. On the week quizzes are due (see course assessment), quizzes will be available beginning Tuesday after class and remain available until 5PM on Friday of that week. Students will have 30 minutes to complete each quiz and will be allowed two attempts. The highest scoring attempt will count as the final quiz grade.
  • Remember to check Courselink on a regular basis for course updates and assignment reminders!
  • Class participation is an important component of this class and will include meaningful involvement in discussions and in-class activities (such as brainstorming). Participation in the peer review process also contributes to your overall participation grade.

Final examination:

Please refer to Web Advisor for exam schedule and location.

Course Resources:

Courselink will be the primary resource for the course. Links to articles and other supplementary materials will be updated in the Course Content section of Courselink.

Course Policies:

Grading Policies:

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. 

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.

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