DTM*4400 Human Resource Management

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The following description is for the course offering in Winter 2023 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 will focus on the importance of human relations in the workplace and developing the managerial skills needed to interpret and understand the role of employees, committees, and other human facets within the turf industry. Understanding the principles of good communication skills as a Turf Manager. The development of good personal / professional skills in becoming a strong individual and leader.

Pre-Requisites: DTM*1500

Restricted to Associate Diploma students in the Turfgrass Management program.


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 WebAdvisor for class schedule and location.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Understand the human resource approach in management.
  2. Build yourself as a Manager, understanding your strengths & weaknesses.
  3. Be a good communicator in the workplace.
  4. Apply Team Building in the workplace.
  5. Have a comprehension of leadership & motivational skills.
  6. Being a Mindful Manager, understand the work / life balance with employees. Having an awareness of stress and anxiety in yourself and the workplace. Understand the importance of Etiquette (behaviour) in a Manager and in the workplace.
  7. Understand a managers role in employee recruiting & training.
  8. Understand a managers role in evaluating employee performance / discipline & discharge.
  9. The importance of policies & procedures, health & safety guidelines.
  10. Understanding the grass roots of turf management... growing turf 101

Lecture Content:

Topics to be covered include:
  • Management Goals & Objectives
  • Defining a Cutting-Edge Superintendent
  • Communication skills, managing personalities.
  • Giving Dynamic Presentations: Being Comfortable Speaking 
  • Mindfulness / Empathy / Etiquette 
  • Getting the most out of your employees
  • Employee Recruitment: Attracting Qualified Applicants
  • Training Employees for Success
  • Managing Employee Performance
  • Training with Health & Safety guidelines
  • A day in the life of an Assistant
  • Grass roots... Managing Turf 101
Labs & Seminars:

There are no labs or seminars scheduled for this course.

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test Contribution to Final Mark Learning Outcomes Assessed

In-Class Discussions / Workshops


Review of the Resume and Cover Letter 10%


Defining a Good Employer / Bad Employer 10%

2, 3, 4, 5

Hiring staff 10%


The Interview Process

10% 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Conducting Employee Evaluations / Evaluating Yourselves 10%

2, 6, 8

Turf Case Study 10%

2, 3, 4, 6

Final Review Test 20%



Final examination:

There is no examination scheduled for this course.

Course Resources:

Required Texts:

There are no required texts for this course.

Recommended Texts:
  1. Human Resources for Golf Course Superintendent - GCSAA 
  2. Team Building for Turf Managers (Online) (Readings)
Lab Manual:

There is no lab manual for this course.

Other materials:


Field Trips:

There are no field trips scheduled for this course.

Additional Costs:


Course Policies:

Grading Policies:

In-class assignments handed in late will receive a maximum 50% of the grade unless academic consideration has been granted.                                                          

Course Policy on Group Work:


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.

Cell phones are to be on silent during class.


Other Course Information:

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