Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subjectis designed for students with no previous knowledge or practical experience inTurf Management. This subject provides foundation knowledge and a practical introduction to a range of turf cultural tasks such as irrigating, mowing,renovating, fertilizing and pesticide application required in turf management.Pesticide application, including legislation, safety, modes of action and effective application techniques will also be discussed. Students will undertake training in the identification and indications for use of the major turf grasses and the identification and control of common weeds, pests and diseases. The skills and knowledge gained in this subject will provide underpinning knowledge to allow progression to later year subjects in SportsTurf.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBATE.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify the genus and species of the major turfgrasses, weeds, insect pests and fungal diseases for turf management

Lectures, workshops and practicals on identifying grasses, weeds, insect and disease problems from specimens or photos

02. Select appropriate control methods for a range of pest, disease and weed problems in turf management

Lectures, reading and on-line activities

03. Demonstrate competence in basic practical turf management skills

Practical sessions

04. Accurately calculate pesticide rates, soil volumes and fertilizer rates

On-line activities

05. Explain the main uses and advantages and disadvantages of the major turf species


Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2020, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"Combination of Face-to-Face and Online."

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"Combination of Face-to-Face and Online."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Four x identification tests - 2,000-words total (500-words each)Provide specimens or accurate photos for testing40 01
Written test (750-words)Short answer format, closed book test20 02
Turf equipment practicum (750-words)Group activities, but individual assessment for competent operation of each piece of equipment20 03
Written test (750-words)Closed book written test20 04, 05