DTM*4300 Turf Case Studies

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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 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 typically 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 be presented in class on approximately alternating Thursdays. Some Tuesdays will also be used for in-class peer review of case study assignments.
Thursday lectures will typically 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 according to the schedule in Course Assignments and Tests. Thursdays will also be used to assign/release case studies on alternating weeks and there will be time in class for associated discussion, presentation, and brainstorming.
Labs & Seminars:

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test Contribution to Final Grade Learning Outcomes Assessed

In-class case study Peer Review



Case studies 48%





Class Participation



Final examination



Additional notes:
• There is no class scheduled on February 05 or 07, 2019 due to significant student involvement in the Golf Industry Show/Turf Bowl. There is also no class scheduled on February 19 or 21, 2019 due to W19 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 8 case studies will be presented in class throughout the semester, and each student will be assigned 4 case studies to complete. For example, case study 1 will have topics A and B. Half of the class will be randomly assigned topic A, half of the class will be randomly 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 for peer review will be due at the start of class on Tuesdays according to the schedule in course assignments and tests. Drafts will be distributed to the class according to the case study group lists on Courselink. Students will use a rubric and comment sheet for the peer review that will be provided to the class by the instructor
• Students that choose not to participate in in-class peer review will receive a grade of zero for that peer review
• A scanned copy or photo image of the peer review marking sheet must be submitted with your final draft of your case study submission to Courselink Dropbox e.g. Case study 1 peer review and Case study 1 final draft must be submitted together to achieve full credit for the peer review process, and for the instructor to evaluate if the constructive criticisms have been incorporated into the final draft.
• 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, accessing lecture points for review and any pertinent reference materials
• There are a total of 6 quizzes throughout the semester. On the week quizzes are due (see course assignments and tests), quizzes will be available beginning on Tuesday after class and remain available until 5PM on Friday of that week. You will have 30 minutes to complete each quiz and will be allowed two attempts. The highest scoring attempt will count as your quiz grade.
• Remember to check Courselink on a regular basis for course updates and assignment reminders!
• In-class participation is an integral component of this class and will include meaningful involvement in discussions and in-class activities (such as brainstorming). In-class activities will occur at random throughout the semester (much like pop quizzes) and participation in these activities will contribute to your overall participation grade. Participation grades of students will reflect involvement in these randomly occurring activities – those that are not present on a given day where a randomly

Final examination:

Please refer to Web Advisor for exam schedule and location.

Course Resources:

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.

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 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:

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