Short Title:Sports Surface Management
Full Title:Sports Surface Management
Module Code:HTSC H4038
 
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Eamon Kealy
Module Description:This module introduces pitch construction technologies to the learner. Detailed drainage plans and sports field construction techniques are covered for various sportsturf purposes. Turfgrass entomology and pathology are covered in detail.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Evaluate pitch construction technologies - undrained, pipe drained, pipe and slit, slit drained, sand over soil, suspended water table construction, Desso Grassmaster, sealed systems and mobile systems.
  2. Deduce the safety of a surface based on surface testing and compare such data with standards.Preparing for play on sports surfaces - rolling, marking, etc.
  3. Integrate fundamental scientific knowledge of the grass plant, its nutritional requirements, its pests and diseases and weeds, with the practical knowledge needed to maintain and manage a turfgrass area.
  4. Outline detailed construction and maintenance specifications for athletics tracks, tennis courts, football pitches, hockey pitches and GAA pitches to the relevant standards.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Sports Surface Construction
Pitch constructions, undrained, piped, pipe and slit, suspended water table, sand over soil, modular. Modern systems to include SubAir systems. Synthetic surfaces profiles.
Sports Surface Testing
Testing of synthetic sports surfaces for different codes. FIFA, GAA, IRB, IAAF, FIH and ITF.
Turfgrass Science
Common agronomic problems including black layer, Silver moss control, localised dry patch, nematodes, thatch control and wetting agent application.
Sports Surface Preparation
Preparing sports surfaces for play. Line marking, safety checks, divot repair, topdressing, fertiliser application.
Indicative Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work Assessment %30.00%
Final Exam Assessment %70.00%
Course Work Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Case study Students will complete written reports on specific sportsturf field trips throughout the module. 1 10.00 n/a
In-class test Students will complete two short question examinations throughout the course of the module. 3,4 10.00 n/a
Presentation Students will give presentations on topics covered in class or new research topics. 1,3,4 10.00 n/a
Final Exam Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 70.00 End-of-Semester
Indicative Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

ITB reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Indicative Module Workload & Resources

Indicative Workload: Full Time
Frequency Indicative Average Weekly Learner Workload
Every Week 2.00
Every Week 2.00
Every Week 2.00
Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Keith McIntyre, Bent Jakobsen, Practical Drainage for Golf, Sportsturf and Horticulture, Wiley [ISBN: 1575041391]
  • Jim Puhalla, Jeffrey V. Krans, Michael Goatley, Sports Fields, Wiley [ISBN: 0470438932]
  • W. A. Adams and R. J. Gibbs, with contributions from T. R. O. Field, E. J. P. Marshall and J. R. Watson 1994, Natural turf for sport and amenity, CAB International Oxon [ISBN: 0851987206]
  • Stewart Brown, Sports Turf & Amenity Grassland Management, Crowood Press [ISBN: 1861267908]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • British Standards Institute 2007, Determination of rotational resistance, Surfaces for sports areas, Part 1, 14
  • British Standards Institute 2003, Determination of sward height of natural turf, Surfaces for sports areas
  • British Standards Institute 2003, Determination of thatch depth of natural turf, Surfaces for sports areas
  • British Standards Institute 2004, Determination of vertical ball behaviour, Surfaces for sports areas
  • British Standards Institute 2005, Determination of hardness of natural turf and unbound mineral surfaces for outdoor sports areas, Surfaces for sports areas
  • British Standards Institute 2003, Method of test — Determination of ground cover of natural turf, Surfaces for sports areas
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • British Standards Institute 2002, Determination of ball roll behaviour, Surfaces for sports areas:
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
BN_SHTSC_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture [240 ECTS credits] 7 Elective
BN_SHTSC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture [Add on 60 ECTS credits] 1 Elective