agr3tgs turfgrasses for sport



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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will investigate each sports turf in turn, examining the rules that may affect its preparation, the tools used to quantify surface quality, and the benchmarks that exist. Additional topics taught include: FIFA standards, pre-game safety audits, measuring turf quality, liability and insurance issues. This subject will also provide students with insight into the demands on Turf Managers from high level events (e.g. tournaments, international games) and non-sport events (e.g. concerts). The practical sessions will assist students to apply their theory in practice, and will involve visits to premier turf facilities to measure surface parameters. Students will undertake discussion with sports Turf Managers during their practical sessions to put their learning in a real world context.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites AGR1TM1 and AGR1TM2 and must be admitted into SBATE.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsInternational Turf Management HandbookPrescribedAldous, D.E. (Ed.) 2011Routledge, Ox

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Conduct turf surface audits, and relate these to industry benchmarks and standards

Auditing theory and process is described in lectures, and auditing skills developed in practicals activities on a diverse range of surfaces

02. Compare and contrast the rules and requirements of each sport, and integrate this into surface preparation and turf management.

Theory is described in lectures, and impacts demonstrated in practicals, and field visits to a diverse range of surfaces

03. Explain how turfgrass and soil factors affect surface hardness, traction and stability

Lectures and practicals

04. Integrate the factors influencing turf properties and sports rules, to explain the surface-related injury concerns for sports played on natural turf

Theory is described in lectures, and impacts demonstrated in practicals, and field visits to a diverse range of surfaces

05. Communicate the findings of turf audits in an industry appropriate manner.

Written reports, assignments

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