Course Number and Title: AGS 243 Irrigation & Athletic Field Maintenance
This course introduces students to basic irrigation and drainage principles, uses of irrigation, and irrigation system design for landscape use, as well as the day to day operations and seasonal maintenance of golf courses.
Toto, Hunter, Rainbird (irrigation manuals supplied)
- Compare different types of sprinkler heads, proper locations, and performance requirement of each. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 5, 6; PGC 3, 5, 6)
- Examine the size and route of irrigation pipe. (CCC 2, 5; PGC 3, 5, 6)
- Compare irrigation systems. (CCC 2, 5; PGC 3, 5, 6)
- Design and install piping and sprinkler heads in accordance with the required text. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4; PGC 1, 2, 5)
- Examine the basics of golf course construction techniques. (CCC 2, 5; PGC 3, 5, 6)
- Create a schedule for the daily and weekly projects in a golf course. (CCC 1, 2, 5; PGC 3, 6)
- Examine and interpret the rules of golf. (CCC 5; PGC 1, 3)
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:
- Compare different types of sprinkler heads, proper locations, and performance requirements of each.
- List sprinkler head patterns.
- Describe trajectories of spray.
- Define even water distribution.
- Compare the two main types of sprinkler heads.
- Examine the size and route of irrigation pipe.
- Examine how to determine geographic areas.
- Analyze soil permeability rates.
- Compare and demonstrate pipe routing and installation techniques.
- Compare irrigation systems.
- Calculate water pressure, static pressure, friction loss, and velocity.
- Estimate how to determine available water.
- Categorize the steps required for laying out a sprinkler system.
- Choose the steps needed for an irrigation design checklist.
- Analyze proper irrigation management for conservation.
- Design and install piping and sprinkler heads in accordance with the required text.
- Install piping according to manufacturers’ specifications and code requirements.
- Assemble an irrigation design.
- Examine the basics of golf course construction techniques.
- Evaluate the costs associated with building a bunker.
- Create a budget for landscape projects.
- Select equipment and materials needed for a construction project.
- Create a schedule for the daily and weekly projects in a golf course.
- Arrange a work schedule for employees based on the season’s workload.
- Prescribe a watering budget for maintaining a golf course facility.
- Estimate a budget for operating costs of equipment.
- Plan a safety meeting for employees.
- Examine and interpret the rules of golf.
- Analyze and debate the rules of golf.
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.
Calculated using the following weighted average
Percentage of final grade
Summative - Exams (4-6) (equally weighted)
Summative - Project/Serial Problems (equally weighted)
Formative - Assessments (Assignments/Activities/Quizzes)
Summative - Labs (10-12) (equally weighted)
- 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.
- Demonstrate professional behaviors that satisfy workplace expectations and include adherence to safety and environmental concerns related to the field.
- Demonstrate basic management functions to include environmental controls, scheduling, production, pest control, and nutrient management of turf and ornamental plants.
- Cultivate and maintain golf course landscapes.
- Apply business principles and strategies to the turf and ornamental horticulture industries.
- Explain the importance of environmental factors such as soil and water management to the turf and ornamental horticulture industries.
- Apply basic installation and maintenance techniques for irrigation systems.
- Design and install a finished landscape plan, using native plant materials when possible.
- Examine current agricultural issues and topics.
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