DTM*4500 Business and Finance for Turf

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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 will provide a foundation of basic business administration and practical examples of fundamental financial concepts. Using assignments and case studies these concepts will be presented in context of their impact on a turf manager’s ability to execute their responsibilities and the impact of those decisions to the business unit.


Teaching Assistant:

Credit Weight:


Course Level:

  • Diploma

Academic Department (or campus):

Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management



Semester Offering:

  • Winter

Class Schedule and Location:

Please refer to WebAdvisor for class schedule and location.

Learning outcomes:

After this course, students should be able to:
  1. Identify basic accounting principals
  2. Apply basic accounting principles to turf management
  3. Comprehend basic financial statements and know of their use in management
  4. Make decisions based on financial statements
  5. Understand typical capital and operating budgets
  6. Have an understanding of the budget process
  7. Evaluate the differences between capital spending- leasing/purchasing
  8. Understand the concept of sustainability
  9. Understand the conflict between economic and environmental sustainability 
  10. Understand and  apply strategic and business planning

Lecture Content:

Topics to be covered in lectures and labs include:
  • Financial Statements – Comprehension and Analysis
  • Financial Metrics- Calculating and Utilizing
  • Basic Accounting Principals
  • Financial Management Decisions- Operating and Capital Budgets
  • Capital and Operating Expense
  • Leasing
  • Strategic, Marketing and Operational Planning
Labs & Seminars:

There are no seminars scheduled for this course.

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test Contribution to Final Mark Learning Outcomes Assessed
Lab Assignments
Midterm Assignment
Final Assignment

Final examination:

There is no final exam scheduled for this course.

Course Resources:

Required Texts:


Recommended Texts:

Handbook of Financial Management – GCSAA

Lab Manual:

There is no lab manual for this course.

Other Resources:


Field Trips:


Additional Costs:


Course Policies:

Grading Policies:

Assignments that are submitted late will be received a 10% reduction in the final grade until the assignment is returned to the class. After an assignment is returned it may still be submitted to be graded. These assignments will receive a 50% reduction in their final grade. Assignments can be submitted until the final day of classes.

Diploma Grading Procedures

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.

Other Course Information:

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