AGROSTOLOGY

AGR2AGS

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Agrostology is the branch of botany relating to grasses (Poaceae). In this subject, students will build on the concepts previously taught in Turf Management and a sound basis in agrostology for Turf Managers. Key areas taught include grass taxonomy, morphology, identification, basic physiology, genetics and breeding systems, establishment methods, growth habit, performance as a turf species or control as weed species. This subject will underpin later learning in plant physiology, water use and pest control. This subject will allow students to combine theory with practice via field trips and laboratory exercises on grass morphology and systematics, the collection and identification of grasses, and the evaluation of key specific characteristics such as water use rate, herbicide tolerance, growth habit, density, texture and overall turf quality.


SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites AGR1TM1 and must be admitted into SBATE.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsTurfgrass: Science and CulturePrescribedBeard, J.B. (1973)Prentice-Hall, NJ

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Collect, prepare and identify to genus level a range of turf species

Activities:
Students will undertake laboratory exercises to identify standard species, and collect specimens on field trips.

02. Explain the breeding mechanism and plant breeding techniques used for the ten major turfgrass species

Activities:
Lectures and further reading, on-line activities and workshop discussions

03. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of photosynthetic types in turfgrass applications

Activities:
Lectures and further reading, on-line activities and workshop discussions

04. Explain the origin and key morphological and physiological features of each sub-tribe and tribe selected grass species and their sub-families

Activities:
Lectures and further reading, on-line activities and workshop discussions

05. Select a turfgrass species and plan its establishment for any particular location and end-use

Activities:
Lectures and further reading, on-line activities and workshop discussions

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 30 minutes practical test (500 words)Fresh specimens of 10 grass species for identification25 01
4 x 45 min written in-class tests (500 words each, 2000 words total)Closed book, short answer format20 02, 03, 04, 05
Grass collection (500 words)Collection must conform to the instructions provided25 01
1 one-hour written examination (1000 words)Open book test, essay format30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05