Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will learn about design elements as they relate to turf construction, from simple run-off and contouring principles through to the construction of new sand-based surfaces. You will also learn about the testing and selection of construction materials including root zone sand and gravels. The integration and application of theory with practice will allow you to undertake, review and critically analyse laboratory tests of sands and gravels as they relate to turf construction. By the completion of the subject, you will be able to assess a given scenario involving turfed areas and provide remedial modifications to improve turf integrity

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites AGR1TM2 and must be admitted into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsThis subject is taught at the Fairfield campus of Melbourne Polytechnic. One or more optional field visits may be offered during semester. This is subject to industry availability. Students will need to make their own way to the field site at their own cost.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Drainage for Sportsturf and Horticulture

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorMcIntyre,K. & Jakobsen, B.



PublisherHorticultural Engineering Consultancy, ACT


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

The USGA Specification for Putting Green Construction

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorUSGA, NJ



PublisherUnited States Golf Association, 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. Evaluate root zone and gravel materials for turf application in turf construction projects
02. Design effective remedial drainage of existing soil-based natural turf surfaces
03. Design effective sand-based natural turf constructions
04. Calculate accurate materials quantities for drainage and construction projects

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

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


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
Face-to-face or online

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
Four 7.00 days workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
Face-to-face 4-day intensive


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Laboratory report: Physical characteristics of root zone and gravel materials (700 words).

N/AReportIndividualNo20 SILO1

Written report: Drainage diagnosis and remedial drainage design (700 words)

N/AReportIndividualNo20 SILO2

Written report: Sand-based construction (700 words)

N/AReportIndividualNo20 SILO3

Written exam (2 hours) (2,000 word equivalent). 2 hour final exam, closed book.

N/AOther written examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4