COMMERCIAL TURF & GROUNDS MANAGEMENT – CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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COMMERCIAL TURF & GROUNDS MANAGEMENT – CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

The Commercial Turf & Grounds Management program is designed to prepare students to enter careers as specialist and supervisors in turf and landscape management.  Graduates may find employment in maintaining golf courses, athletic turf, parks, and recreational facilities as well as grounds of large commercial buildings, malls, and college campuses.  The program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

The program contributes to the green industry by emphasizing the responsible use of products and appropriate plant selection to maximize the environmental benefits of healthy lawns and landscapes.

The Commercial Turf & Grounds Management program is unique in that some courses are delivered in eight-week blocks so students finish their first and second years in early March.  Graduates and interns are available to industry in early March when employers in this industry are actively looking for qualified personnel.

The curriculum is rigorous, fast-paced, and designed to emphasize problem solving skills and critical thinking.  The program is both physically and mentally challenging.  Classes are small so students receive individualized attention and hands-on education.  Students will complete core general education courses and earn Missouri Category 3 Pesticide Applicator’s License.

Students may also choose to pursue a one-year certificate in the technical areas of Turfgrass Management and/or Landscape Management.  Commercial Turf & Grounds Management certificate students receive education in related turf and landscape fields; equipment operations and maintenance; applied math; pest, weed, and disease control; and communications.

Program Mission

The mission of the Commercial Turf & Grounds Management program is to provide the diverse commercial turf and grounds industries of Missouri and beyond with skillful and knowledgeable employees who possess the ability to quickly advance and become members of the leadership team while earning profitable compensation.

Program Goals

The goals of the program are to provide the opportunity for students to develop:

  • Knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the commercial turf and grounds management industry.
  • Attitudes to assure an appreciation of the dignity of work and the satisfaction of a job well done.
  • Knowledge and/or credentials necessary to obtain certain state and professional licensures and/or certifications.
  • Analytic problem solving and critical thinking skills.

 

    CORE CURRICULUM  
      Credit

Hours

CTG 106 Fundamentals of Turf and Grounds 3
CTG 107 Turfgrass Management I 3
CTG 109 Equipment Operations and Maintenance 3
CTG 116 Plant Propagation 3
CTG 117 Commercial Site Contracting 3
CTG 122 Internship I 2
CTG 126 Internship II 3-6
CTG 201 Weeds and Diseases 3
CTG 204 Insects and Pests 3
CTG 206 Irrigation & Drainage 3
CTG 207 Turfgrass Management II 3
CTG 212 Landscape Maintenance & Installation 1
CTG 215 Landscape Design 3
CTG 216 Woody Plant Identification 3
CTG 217 Herbaceous Plant Identification 3
CTG 220 Basic Shop for Horticulture 2
SUB-TOTAL 47
     
  GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  
General Education Requirements 19
Must Include:
PHY 103/104 Environmental Science 4
             OR
A science course with lab approved by CTG department chair. 4
May Not Include:
NST 101 Network Fundamentals 3
  SUB-TOTAL 19
 
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
CTG 105 Missouri Pesticide Application 1
AGR 100 Introduction to Agribusiness Systems 3
    SUB-TOTAL 4
       
    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  
SEM 110 Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture NC
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1
    SUB-TOTAL 1
       
    It is a graduation requirement of the Commercial Turf & Grounds Management (CTG) program for students to earn CPR and First Aid certification.  
     
    PROGRAM TOTAL 71

Turfgrass Management and/or Landscape Management One-Year Certificate

    CORE CURRICULUM  
      Credit Hours
CTG 105 Missouri Pesticide Application 1
CTG 106 Fundamentals of Turf and Grounds 3
CTG 109 Equipment Operations and Maintenance 3
CTG 117 Commercial Site Contracting 3
CTG 201 Weeds and Diseases 3
CTG 204 Insects and Pests 3
    SUB-TOTAL 16
 
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
General Education Requirements 6
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Must Include:
Three credit hours from Area 1. Oral & Written Communication 3
AND
Three credit hours from Area 5. Technical Literacy 3
May Not Include:
NST 101 Network Fundamentals 3
SUB-TOTAL 6
   
    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS  
Turfgrass Management Certificate
CTG 107 Turfgrass Management I 3
CTG 206 Irrigation & Drainage 3
CTG 207 Turfgrass Management II 3
PHY 103 Environmental Science 4
PHY 104 Environmental Science Lab 0
SUB-TOTAL 13
OR      
       
Landscape Management Certificate
CTG 212 Landscape Maintenance & Installation 1
CTG 215 Landscape Design 3
CTG 216 Woody Plant Identification 3
CTG 217 Herbaceous Plant Identification 3
SUB-TOTAL 10
         
    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  
SEM 110 Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture NC
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1
SUB-TOTAL 1
    PROGRAM TOTAL 33-36

 

CTG 105  Missouri Pesticide Application.  A course designed to guide students in pursuit of the Missouri Category 3 Pesticide Applicator’s License.  This license is only available through the Missouri Department of Agriculture.  1 credit hour.

CTG 106  Fundamentals of Turf and Grounds.  A course designed to introduce students to fundamental terminology, theories, principles and practices that are a necessity for any person pursuing a career in specialized professions of turf and grounds.  3 credit hours.

CTG 107  Turfgrass Management I.  A course designed to introduce students to turfgrasses common to Missouri and the transition zone.  Emphasis will be placed upon turfgrass structures as a means of identification as well as turfgrass characteristics and their usage.  3 credit hours.

CTG 109   Equipment Operations and Maintenance.  A course emphasizing principles of machinery operation and maintenance common in the turf and grounds industry.  Emphasis will be placed upon proper adjustment, calibration, repair and safety.  3 credit hours.

CTG 116  Plant Propagation.  A course containing the fundamental principles involved in plant propagation, both sexual and asexual.  Students will learn many useful techniques of propagating plants.  3 credit hours.

CTG 117  Commercial Site Contracting.  An applied mathematics course designed to teach skills utilized on a daily basis by professional turf and grounds technicians.  Emphasis will be placed upon business math, bidding, and related fundamental math skills.  3 credit hours.

CTG 122  Internship I.  In this course students will research potential internship training sites.  Students will secure employment, enter into an internship agreement, and complete required internship forms.  Prerequisite:  Department Chair approval.  2 credit hours.

CTG 126  Internship II.  This course is a field-based learning experience that combines study, observation, and supervised occupational/employment with an agricultural business, organization, or government agency in the commercial turf and grounds industry. Students will use this opportunity to apply horticultural, leadership, communications and business theories learned in a practical context. The student intern, internship supervisor, and college coordinator develop an individual internship plan.  Students must complete this course requirement by taking and passing either one-six credit hour course or two-three credit hour courses.  Prerequisite:  CTG 122 with a passing grade.  3 to 6 credit hours.

CTG 201  Weeds and Diseases.  A course designed to introduce students to common weeds and diseases of ornamentals and turfgrasses.  Identification and control are emphasized.  3 credit hours.

CTG 204  Insects and Pests.  Emphasis on identification of insects and other pests on ornamentals and turfgrasses.  Control of insects will be discussed using Integrated Pest Management and pesticides.  3 credit hours.

CTG 206  Irrigation and Drainage.  A course designed to introduce students to landscape and golf course irrigation systems, their design and installation as well as drainage.  Special emphasis will be placed upon irrigation hydraulics and irrigation efficiency.  3 credit hours.

CTG 207  Turfgrass Management II.  Designed to provide advanced establishment skills in the maintenance of turf areas pertaining to golf courses, athletic fields, parks, and sod producers.  Includes golf course design, athletic field maintenance, fertilization, and mowing.  Provides information for turf and grounds professionals in the maintenance and improvement of turfgrass playing areas.  Methods of improving management practices, interpersonal skills, as well as leadership skills will be stressed.  Prerequisite:  CTG 107 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

CTG 212  Landscape Maintenance & Installation.  This course teaches the principles of installation and maintenance common in the landscape industry. Emphasis is placed on identification and analysis of plant care needs.  1 credit hour.

CTG 215  Landscape Design.  A study of the principles of landscape design including an appreciation of various artistic and design theories. Emphasis is placed on practical application as well as installation limitations and practices. Designs are drafted using computer software.  3 credit hours.

CTG 216  Woody Plant Identification.  A study in identification of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs that are commonly utilized in the landscape industry.  Techniques in maintenance of ornamentals will be presented emphasizing function in the landscape.  Methods of pruning trees and shrubs will also be demonstrated as well as ornamental attributes, cultural requirements and adaptability in urban and suburban environments.  3 credit hours.

CTG 217  Herbaceous Plant Identification.  A study in the identification of herbaceous plants, their selection, use and maintenance in landscaping.  Emphasis will be given to culture, function and individual characteristics.  3 credit hours.

CTG 220  Basic Shop for Horticulture.  A course designed to provide students with a general knowledge of basic shop principles and practices that are common in the commercial turf and grounds industry.  Students will learn how to select and utilize various tools and equipment commonly found in the shop.  Basic welding and grinding techniques will be emphasized and students will be exposed to small engine maintenance and basic hydraulics.  Shop safety will be emphasized in every phase of this course.  2 credit hours.

CTG 225  Reel and Rotary Technology.  This course includes instruction on the safety precautions and knowledge required for students to properly sharpen and maintain rotary and reel mowing equipment. Emphasis will be placed on sharpening, maintenance, adjustment, and setting proper height of cut. 2 credit hours.

CTG 299  Special Topics in Commercial Turf & Grounds Management.  Special Topics in Commercial Turf & Grounds Management (CTG) may include instruction on topics not covered in other CTG courses.  Topics covered in other CTG courses may also be covered in more depth in this special topics course.  Projects may be undertaken in any area related to the major program with credit hours determined by the level and amount of involvement.  The minimum involvement required for one credit is 30 contact hours.  The specific topic(s), objectives, plan of instruction, and evaluation criteria must be documented in the syllabus; approved by the Department/Division Chair; and filed in the Academic Records Office.  Students may complete more than one Special Topics course, provided that the credits earned in this manner do not exceed a total of four (4) credits.  1-4 credit hours.