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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.

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 AGR1TM1 and AGR1TM2 and 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

International Turf Management Handbook

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorAldous, D.E.



PublisherRoutledge, Ox


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. Conduct turf surface audits, and relate these to industry benchmarks and standards
02. Compare and contrast the rules and requirements of each sport, and integrate this into surface preparation and turf management.
03. Explain how turfgrass and soil factors affect surface hardness, traction and stability
04. Integrate the factors influencing turf properties and sports rules, to explain the surface-related injury concerns for sports played on natural turf
05. Communicate the findings of turf audits in an industry appropriate manner.

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