FAQ

How do I know which courses to take?

Follow your Diploma Program Calendar for information about which courses to take. The calendar for your year (the year you started in the program) will list the course requirements you must complete to graduate with an Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management.

When do I get to take electives?

There is a list of the courses that you will take to obtain the diploma. Semester 3 and Semester 4 each have an elective included.

Who do I approach if I am having problems with my courses?

There are several places for you to get assistance with class material. Options include asking the Course Instructor questions after class or during posted office hours or during help sessions offered by the individual class. The Library’s Learning Services is also a fantastic resource for students needing extra help with study strategies or writing. You also have the option of hiring a tutor if you feel it is necessary. 

What do I do if I am ill for an assignment, midterm or lab?

If you are ill, and unable to complete any graded work that takes place during the semester (i.e. before the last class day), please follow the instructions provided to you in the Course Outline or contact the Course Instructor. If you are unsure who to contact or what to do, then please contact your Program Counsellor. Do not write a midterm exam unless you are confident that you are medically fit to do so. Once an exam has been written there are very limited options in terms of academic consideration (none of which are guaranteed). If you are ill for an extended period, please contact your Program Counsellor.

What do I do if I am ill during Final Exams (or have other valid grounds for missing a Final Exam or Final Assignment)?

Do not write an exam unless you are confident that you are medically/psychologically fit to do so. Once an exam has been written, there are very limited options in terms of academic consideration (none of which are guaranteed).

If you are ill, please go to your doctor or Student Health Services and obtain medical documentation. When you are well enough to return to campus, please bring the original copy to the Program Counselling office and ask for a Deferred Privilege Request form to apply for a Deferred Privilege. More information can be found by reading the policy on Academic Consideration.

Can I repeat a course?

If you fail a course (grade below 50%) you can register for it and take it again. However, both grades will be factored into your average and will remain on your transcript. If you pass a course (grade of 50% or higher) you cannot retake it.

What is the difference between full-time and part-time?

Full-time registration is enrolment in 2.5 or more credits. Part-time registration is 0.25-2.0 credits. Information relating to how full-time versus part-time status affects tuition can be found at Student Financial Services.

What is the minimum average I need to stay in the program?

This is a great question – there are many variables taken into consideration when finding the answer to this question. This is often easier answered in person, so please contact your Program Counsellor to talk it through. If you prefer to read the answer, see below:

First, the number of credits a student has attempted has an impact on Continuation of Study requirements. Students who have attempted fewer than 2.0 credits will not be subject to Continuation of Study requirements. Students who have attempted between 2.0 and 3.0 credits at the time of review need to have a cumulative average over 60% to be eligible to continue in the program. Students who have attempted between 2.0 and 3.0 credits at the time of review need to have a cumulative average over 50% to be eligible for Probationary Status.

Second, your Current Academic Status determines the average you need to maintain in order to stay enrolled in the Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management program. If a student has attempted more than 3.0 credits and is on probation at the time of review, the student’s standing will depend first on their semester average (under 60% will be required to withdraw) and then their cumulative average. If your semester average is over 60%, but your cumulative average is under 60%, you will remain on probation. If your cumulative average is above 60%, you will be considered eligible to continue in the program.

If a student has attempted more than 3.0 credits and is eligible to continue at the time of review, their academic standing will only depend on their cumulative average. A student with a cumulative average under 50% will be required to withdraw. A student with a cumulative average over 50%, but under 60%, will be put on probation. A student with a cumulative average over 60% will be eligible to continue in the program.

What is the difference between a Program Counsellor and a Faculty Advisor?

Program Counsellors have in-depth knowledge regarding program requirements as well as University of Guelph regulations, policies and procedures. Program Counsellors can assist you in the development of your educational plans by asking appropriate questions and identifying alternatives. Program Counsellors can help you explore outcomes by providing useful information about who to talk to and how to get in touch with them. If you are experiencing issues of a personal, medical, or psychological nature that are affecting your academics, a Program Counsellor may be helpful in identifying campus resources and discussing your academic options. The Program Counsellor for students in the Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management is:

Jill Johnson
519-824-4120, Ext. 58475
jjohnson@uoguelph.ca
Johnston Hall, Room 133A

Faculty Advisors provide information as well as ideas regarding career opportunities relating to your program. They provide assistance to students selecting courses required for their program and can provide assistance in schedule planning for completing course requirements. The Faculty Advisor for students in the Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management is:

Stephen Fleischauer
519-824-4120, Ext. 56886
sfleisch@uoguelph.ca 
ECBL, Room 1237