Turfgrass management is a dynamic sector with opportunities across Canada and throughout the world. The Diploma in Turfgrass Management is a focused curriculum that will provide students with the skills to succeed in this competitive industry. The program utilizes the collaborative resources of the University of Guelph faculty and staff, industry professionals and the grounds, workshop and laboratory facilities of the Guelph Turfgrass Institute. Practical and scientific study is combined with a required summer co-op work term (paid) to provide students with a wide range of practical experiences, knowledge and networking opportunities. The Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management is offered at the Guelph campus and prepares students for a variety of career opportunities including golf course management, lawn care, sports field management, parks management, landscaping, sod production and related supply and service industry positions.
Courses in the Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management are restricted to students enrolled in the program.
Students are required to work full time for minimum 15 weeks following winter semester 2. Co-op work term must be in the field of turfgrass management. Throughout semester 1 and 2, students will work with the DTM Manager and University of Guelph’s Experiential Learning Hub to seek out, interview for, and secure their co-op position. . Prior to the end of semester 2, students must outline a series of personal learning goals to complete during their co-op. Successful completion of the co-op work term is required for graduation.
Students must follow the academic work schedule as outlined below (also found on the Co-operative Education website: https://www.recruitguelph.ca/cecs/).
Academic and Co-op Work Term Schedule
|1||Academic Semester 1 COOP*1120||Academic Semester 2||COOP*1020 Work Term 1|
|2||Academic Semester 3||Academic Semester 4|
Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to work term performance grading, work term report grading and program completion requirements.
For additional program information students should consult with their Co-op Co-ordinator and Co-op Faculty Advisor, listed on the Co-operative Education web site.
This Diploma program will require the completion of 12.50 credits:
|Required Core Courses||11.00|
|Co-op Work Terms||0.50|
Recommended Program Sequence
|Semester 1 - Fall|
|COOP*1120||Introduction to Co-operative Education||0.00|
|DTM*1000||The Turf Industry||0.50|
|DTM*1010||The Identification and Care of Landscape Plants in Turf Environments I||0.50|
|DTM*1300||Turf Soil Principles||0.50|
|DTM*1500||Turf Communication Skills||0.50|
|Semester 2 - Winter|
|DTM*2000||Turf Management I||0.50|
|DTM*2010||The Identification and Care of Landscape Plants in Turf Environments II||0.50|
|DTM*2100||Turf Irrigation and Drainage||0.50|
|DTM*2200||Computers and Math for Turf||0.50|
|DTM*2600||Turf Environmental Management||0.50|
|COOP*1020||Co-op Work Term I||0.50|
|Semester 3 - Fall|
|DTM*3000||Turf Management II||0.50|
|DTM*3100||Current Turf Practices||0.50|
|DTM*3300||Turf Insects and Weeds||0.50|
|Semester 4 - Winter|
|DTM*4000||Turf Management III||0.50|
|DTM*4200||Design and Construction of Golf Courses and Sports Fields||0.50|
|DTM*4300||Turf Case Studies||0.50|
|DTM*4400||Human Resources Management||0.50|
|DTM*4500||Business and Finance for Turf||0.50|
Students in Turfgrass Management are required to take 1.00 elective credits. There are numerous ways to complete this requirement. Students should consult with their program counsellor for a complete list of options, which include the following courses:
|DTM*3800||Special Study Project I||0.50|
|DTM*4600||Computer Assisted Design||0.50|
|DTM*4800||Special Study Project II||0.50|