Course Number and Title: AGS 241 Turfgrass Weeds, Insects, & Disease Control
This course covers detection and prevention of turfgrass pests with emphasis on methods of control or eradication. Topics include weeds, insects, and disease. The course also covers the use of pesticides, application procedures, and total costs involved in the control programs. Students identify turf grass pests, select proper pesticides, and develop pest control programs.
- Assess the fundamentals of integrated pest management (IPM) and the importance of site assessments. (CCC 1, 3, 6; PGC 1)
- Examine and validate knowledge of scouting to identify and apply control techniques. (CCC 1, 2, 4; PGC 1)
- Interpret cultural, biological, and chemical control strategies. (CCC 1, 2, 6; PGC 1)
- Compare proper pest management techniques for insects, diseases, nematodes, and weeds. (CCC 1, 2, 6; PGC 1)
- Analyze and compare diseases specific to golf course pest management. (CCC 1, 2, 6; PGC 1 )
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Assess the fundamentals of integrated pest management (IPM) and the importance of site assessments.
- Define integrated pest management.
- Discuss site assessments and their role in the IPM program.
- Examine and validate knowledge of scouting to identify and apply control techniques.
- Examine the importance of a good IPM scouting and monitoring program.
- Analyze the qualities of primary objectives and IPM scouting.
- Assess monitoring techniques used for insects, diseases, nematodes, and weeds.
- Interpret cultural, biological, and chemical control strategies.
- Evaluate the goals of cultural, biological, and chemical control strategies.
- Choose and describe the techniques used to reduce stress factors that affect the turfgrass environment.
- Create methods of biological control as related to the turf grass industry.
- Compare the role that pesticides play in an IPM program.
- Analyze environmental risks associated with the use of pesticides.
- Compare proper pest management techniques for insects, diseases, nematodes, and weeds.
- Compare the two types of developmental changes that occur in insects.
- Evaluate how to diagnose turfgrass diseases.
- Examine why the environment, host, and pathogen are critical factors in developing a turfgrass disease control program.
- Compare techniques used to diagnose nematodes as pests.
- Examine basic principles of integrated pest management.
- Assess various types and uses of pesticide equipment.
- Evaluate turf insecticides and types of fungicides used in the turfgrass industry.
- Analyze and compare diseases specific to golf course pest management.
- Evaluate and compare turf grasses associated with specific diseases on a golf course.
- Evaluate and compare weed infestations of golf courses.
- Evaluate and compare turf grass insects associated with golf courses.
- Select pesticide usage, safety, and regulations used within a golf course.
- Create a planning and budgeting spray program to be used on a golf course.
Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Select preventive maintenance programs for greens, fairways, and equipment.
- Apply basic installation techniques for irrigation systems.
- Explain the importance of soil and water management to the turfgrass management industry.
- Safely operate turf equipment.
- Apply business principles and strategies to the turfgrass industry.
- Cultivate and maintain golf course landscapes.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.