Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subjects designed for students with no previous knowledge or practical experience in Turf 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 Sports Turf.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Turfgrass: Science and Culture

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorBeard, J.B.



PublisherPrentice-Hall, NJ


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities


Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify the genus and species of the major turfgrasses, weeds, insect pests and fungal diseases for turf management
02. Select appropriate control methods for a range of pest, disease and weed problems in turf management
03. Demonstrate competence in basic practical turf management skills
04. Accurately calculate pesticide rates, soil volumes and fertilizer rates
05. Explain the main uses and advantages and disadvantages of the major turf species

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping (Melbourne Polytechnic), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 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.

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 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.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Four x identification tests - 2,000-words total (500-words each). Provide specimens or accurate photos for testing

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO1

Written test (750-words). Short answer format, closed book test

N/AOther written examIndividualNo20 SILO2

Turf equipment practicum (750-words). Group activities, but individual assessment for competent operation of each piece of equipment

N/APractical demonstrationIndividualNo20 SILO3

Written test (750-words). Closed book written test

N/AOther written examIndividualNo20 SILO4, SILO5