Courses

Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology

Sports Turf Science and Management

HELSBATE

Would you like to manage turf at golf courses, cricket pitches, bowling greens, sports fields or turf farms? The Agriculture and Technology degree majoring in Sport Turf Science and Management will give you a leading edge in this unique industry.

Learn to manage sporting stadiums with the Sports Turf Science and Management Major

The distinctive, vocationally focussed training program will give you the opportunity to learn the latest technologies and methodologies in sport turf. You will gain extensive knowledge of:

  • Growing Turf to enterprise specifications
  • How to identify and manage key weeds, pests and diseases
  • Understanding plant nutrient requirements and fertilizer management
  • How to class soils, manage soils, water drainage or irrigation for production outputs

with all these areas contextualised across the agricultural and rural business industries.

The program has an extensive industry focus. We will teach you all aspects of the industry. The ability to analyse and manage trial and research material, design and development of systems for irrigation, drainage, water treatment and chemical use planning, management and establishment of sports playing surfaces and the essential skills of diagnosis and managing soil, fertilizer management and plant health.

Major topics include:

  • Management of turf that includes turf establishment and ongoing best practice techniques.
  • Turf physiology, applied genomics and breeding, turf selection
  • Management of plant pests and pathogens; Integrated production management,
  • Ecological Systems (soil and water),
  • Turf construction, drainage and irrigation and turf science
  • Technology, Applied Plant Research projects in a turf related area

The Sports Turf Science and Management major in the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology degree offers a distinctive, vocationally-focused training program in agriculture that has been designed with industry input to meet industry needs. This program has a hands on approach to learning.

Study either full-time or part-time. Study while you work, with our blended delivery program that has been developed to facilitate work experience while you study. Blended delivery is a mix of learning about the theoretical concepts via our self-directed online learning and virtual evening classes, with workshops that teach you practical skills in managing plants.

A partnership for success

La Trobe University deliver this program through Melbourne Polytechnic. See the La Trobe program here and ask us about enrolling.

Assessments

Assessments are a mixture of essays, reports, problem solving tasks, quizzes, case studies, oral presentations, group activities, practical competencies, reflective journals, tutorial tasks, literature reviews and examinations.

Industry Connections and Work Experience

Melbourne Polytechnic has many connections to the sports turf industry. Students are encouraged to participate in all industry visits. Second and third year industry placement subjects are available in this program. This will enable the student to provide evidence of industry experience and exposure to possible employment opportunities.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can apply for RPL when you have evidence of extensive career experience or you can apply for advanced standing (credits) based on previous qualifications. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to La Trobe Academic Credit policy and associated procedures.

Local Students

Code

HELSBATE

VTAC Code

Commonwealth Supported Places 2100322791 - La Trobe University
See the full La Trobe program here and ask us about enrolling

Campuses

Epping, Fairfield

Department

Agriculture and Animal Studies - HE
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 3 years

Part-time: 6-7 years

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Blended, Face-to-face, Blended online

Fees

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Subjects are assessed in a variety of ways including exams, practical exercises, case studies, demonstrations and assignments

Entrance Requirements

Entry Requirements: For details of the Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology entry requirements click the following link: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/courses/bachelor-of-agriculture-and-technology

Pathways to further study

Successful completion means you can go on to further post-graduate study in Agriculture - you could consider a Masters qualification in any of the majors

Career Pathways

Sports Turf Management, Green keeper, Landscape Management and Sports Turf Maintenance, Supervisor Recreational Facilities, Turf Curator, Horticulturalist, Grounds and Maintenance Supervisor, Golf operation manager, Golf Club Manager, Golf Club Manager

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July

Units Of Study

Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.

Code Subjects
AGR1AST AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY
AGR1TM1 TURF MANAGEMENT 1
AGR1TM2 TURF MANAGEMENT 2
AGR3IPM INTEGRATED CROP MANAGEMENT
AGR3RP1 APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 1
AGR3RP2 APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 2
AGR3TCD TURF CONSTRUCTION AND DRAINAGE
AGR3TGS TURFGRASSES FOR SPORT
SCI1LS1 LIVING SYSTEMS 1
SCI1LS2 LIVING SYSTEMS 2
SCI2ECO ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS
SCI2GPB APPLIED GENOMICS AND PLANT BREEDING
SCI2PLP PLANT PHYSIOLOGY
SCI2SED STATISTICS AND EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN