University of Guelph

1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar


XIII--Associate Diploma

Description of Courses

Courses taken by Associate Diploma students and outlined in this section are not available to students in degree, General Studies, or Unclassified programs.


Ontario Agricultural College, Dean's Office

01-010 Field Studies F(1-3)

A laboratory course to familiarize students with agricultural technology and practices by visits to and discussions on research stations, farms, and other agricultural businesses. The studies will broaden the knowledge of students of the agricultural industry at the operating level. The field trip fee covers the transportation cost. Some events in this course may take place outside of the regularly scheduled times.

01-020 Agricultural Field Studies F(1-3)

A laboratory course designed to study agricultural production, processing, merchandising and utilization systems. Classes visit off campus locations for exposure to people, organizations and facilities involved in the agricultural industry both off and on the farm. A series of assignments must be completed. The field trip fee covers the transportation cost. Some events in this course may take place outside of the regularly scheduled times. Designed primarily for students in Farm Operators and Managers, and Agribusiness.

01-030 Horticultural Field Studies F(1-3)

A similar course to 01-020 but designed primarily for students in Horticulture.

Agricultural Economics

Department of Agricultural Economics and Business

02-021 Agricultural Marketing and Policy F(3-1)

An examination of the determinants of the domestic and foreign markets for Canadian farm and food products, of the marketing and pricing systems for major commodities, and of the public price support, stabilization and trade policies affecting them.

02-023 Management Principles F(3-1)

An examination of the management decision making process; business records as a source of management information; business analysis as a means of identifying important alternatives; budgeting as a means of estimating the profitability of proposed changes in the farm, horticultural and agribusiness firms; application of production practices and enterprise combinations in Ontario agriculture, and implications for natural resources and the environment.

Prerequisites: 02-032

02-027 Business Marketing F(3 0)

The people and the activities involved in the distribution of goods and services from the producer to the consumer. Specific topics include choosing effective channels of distribution, developing the advertising program, pricing the product and salesmanship.

Prerequisites: 02-032

02 028 Sales and Sales Management W(3-1)

An overview of personal selling in today's business environment with particular emphasis on skills needed to present an effective sales presentation.

Prerequisites: 12 course credits

02-032 Financial Accounting W(3-0)

An introductory course designed to develop an understanding of current accounting principles and their application in income measurement. The course approaches the subject from the view of the enterprise manager.

02-038 Business Finance W(3 0)

Types of business organization; methods of financing long term and short term capital requirements; dividend policies and the effect of taxation on such policies; budgeting; financial reorganization.

Prerequisites: 02-032

02-040 Commodity Marketing Senior Project W(3-0)

The design, critical evaluation, selection and implementation of advanced marketing strategies for the main agricultural commodities produced in Ontario.

Prerequisites: 02-021

02-043 Farm Management Senior Project W(2 2)

Financial statements and an operating plan will be developed for a farm. Plans are based on the production technology of the farm and its physical and financial constraints. The effects of income tax regulations, law, business agreements and other financial arrangements on the farm's performance will be investigated.

Animal Science

Department of Animal and Poultry Science

10-012 Dairy Production W(3 2)

Lectures and laboratories will deal with all factors contributing to an efficient dairy production system including breeding, feeding, management, and marketing. This course will cover the basic nutrition and genetics required for animal production courses, using dairy cattle as an example.

Prerequisites: 10-014

10-014 Science of Animal Production F(3 2)

Comparisons will be made among the major classes of poultry and livestock. Topics will include body structure, growth, digestion, feeding, reproduction, breeding, behaviour and welfare. Product grading, pricing, marketing and consumer trends will be discussed. Laboratories will involve hands on projects designed to supplement lecture materials.

10-040 Swine Production F(2-2)

Lectures and laboratories will deal with all factors contributing to an efficient swine production system, including housing, breeding, reproduction, feeding, management, marketing and economics.

Prerequisites: 10-014

10-045 Poultry Production W(2 2)

Lectures and laboratories will deal with all factors contributing to an efficient poultry production system, including breeding, feeding, management and marketing.

Prerequisites: 10-014

10-056 Beef Production F(2-1)

Lectures and laboratories will deal with all factors contributing to an efficient beef production system including breeding, feeding, management and marketing.

Prerequisites: 10-014
Exclusions: 10-034

Computing and Information Science

27-100 Introduction to Computer Applications S,F,W(3-2)

A survey of computer systems and software. An introduction to computer programming and data organization. An emphasis on using application packages for personal and business use. The social impact of computing. Not recommended for students with previous computer science background.

Exclusions: 27-120.

Crop Science

Department of Crop Science

29-021 Forage Crops F(3-2)

Principles and practices concerned with the production, preservation and use of perennial forage crops.

29-022 Grain and Oilseed Crops W(3-2)

Principles and practices involved in the production and utilization of grain and oilseed crops including corn, canola, soybeans, white beans and cereals.

29-023 Weeds and Weed Control F(2-2)

Weeds will be studied in relation to agricultural practices. Principles of cultural, biological, and chemical control will be outlined. Laboratories will include weed identification and weed control methods.


School of Engineering

05-015 Applied Engineering in Agribusiness W(2-2)

The course highlights the application of engineering principles to solve production problems. Topics include: choosing pumps and piping for water or liquid waste systems, supplying conditioned air for ventilation, drying or product storage, selecting power and heat sources, energy conversion and efficiency limits.

05-027 Planning Farm Buildings W(3 3)

Farmstead planning and the internal layout of farm buildings for major livestock species and for agronomic and horticultural storage. Building construction methods. The physical, mechanical and thermal properties of structural materials and insulation and their application. Development of skills in sketching and drawing of building plans.

05-039 Field Mechanization F(3-2)

Principles of operation of diesel and gasoline engines and major agricultural implements are presented with a systems approach to selection of tractors and implements. Cost of owning is compared to custom work. Hydraulic systems, traction, Nebraska tractor tests, human/machine interface and safety are also covered.

05-049 Equipment and Controls W(3 2)

Materials handling principles and safety; processing, environmental control, handling and material transfer equipment. Electricity basics; motors and their controls safety and protection. Control components and criteria; sequential and microcomputer based control systems.


Department of English

37-013 Written Communications F(2-1)

This course combines instruction in writing skills; letter, memo and report formats; analytical reading; research techniques and word processing in ways that can be directly applied to the studies and professional goals of students in the Diploma in Agriculture program. The process of writing and revising is emphasized throughout the course.

37-016 Oral Communication W(3 0)

This course offers students the opportunity to understand the communication process and provides students with practice in both speaking and listening in a variety of contexts. Specifically, the course focuses on persuasive and informational types of speeches and includes participation in a panel discussion.

Environmental Biology

Department of Environmental Biology

34-012 Forestry F(3 0)

Basic principles of forest management with emphasis on the small woodlot. Identification of important tree species, and their preferred environments, aspects of silviculture, tree growth, forest ecology and measurement.

34-018 Chemical Safety and Pest Management F(3 2)

An introductory course covering the types of losses caused by pests in agricultural, landscape and structural situations, principles of chemical and non chemical pest control, and government regulations for chemical use in pest control and animal health situations.

34-021 Apiary Management W(2-0)

A course designed to acquaint students with seasonal colony management practices for honey and wax production; design and use of extracting equipment and buildings; use of honey bees for crop pollination.

34-031 Turf and Landscape Plant Protection W(3-2)

A study of the biology and control of diseases, insects and weeds in populations of turf grasses, shade trees and shrubs. Approaches to integrated pest management are discussed in detail.

Horticultural Science

Department of Horticultural Science

53-024 Turf Production and Management W(3-2)

Utilization and maintenance of turfgrass species for athletic fields, golf courses, sod farms, roadsides, reclamation, recreation and domestic locations.

53-026 Vegetable Production F(2-3)

The principles and techniques of vegetable crop production, including nutrition, culture and harvest of crops on organic and mineral soils.

53-030 Plant Propagation W(2-2)

Theory and practice of starting plants by means of seed and vegetative plant parts. Layering, division, cuttings, grafting and seed germination are discussed.

53-032 Post Harvest Handling and Storage W(2-2)

Preservation of fresh horticultural produce by cool storage techniques with emphasis on field and storage factors affecting quality. Market consideration for fresh produce.

53-033 Nursery Production and Arboriculture F(1-3)

Production practices for field and container grown nursery stock, maintenance practices for urban landscape trees.

Prerequisites: 53-030

53-034 Greenhouse Management and Crop Production W(3 2)

Management and cultural principles of commercial production of horticultural crops in greenhouses.

Prerequisites: 53-030

53-039 Fruit Production F(2-3)

This course examines production and handling systems for the major deciduous tree fruits and berry crops. The general principles and practices of culture will be related to growth, development and physiology of various crops.

53-045 Landscape Plants F(2-3)

Recognition, culture and management of deciduous and evergreen shrubs as well as ornamental herbaceous plants including annuals, biennials, perennials, bulbous, cormous and rhizomatous plants. A collection of woody and herbaceous plant specimens is required.

53-046 Horticulture Senior Project W(1-3)

A comprehensive study of the structure and operation of a commercial horticultural enterprise. The project may involve such areas as landscape design, breeding, mass propagation, crop production system analysis and post harvest management.

Landscape Architecture

School of Landscape Architecture

59-020 Residential Garden Design W(2-4)

Theory and principles of residential garden development, including site analysis, layout and design.

59-024 Site Design and Construction F(2-4)

Properties of materials and their application in the landscape process will be developed through the use of an assigned landscape design problem. Includes material such as wood, stone, concrete and plants in terms of their characteristics, placement and maintenance implications.


Department of Mathematics and Statistics

63-010 Mathematics for Agriculture F(3-1)

A review of the arithmetical operations involving common fractions and decimal fractions. Ratio, proportion, and percentage. Solution of linear equations of one variable and applications to problems associated with agriculture. Metric measure equivalents.

Plant Science

83-014 Principles of Field Crop Production F(3-3)

This course covers the basic structure and function of plants and the major factors involved in growth and reproduction as they relate to the production of field crops.

83-015 Principles of Horticultural Crop Production. F(3-3)

The basic structure and function of plants and the major processes involved with growth and reproduction are integrated with the principles of production of fruit, vegetable and ornamental crop.

Population Medicine

Department of Population Medicine

81-020 Animal Health W(3-0)

Economic animal production requires healthy livestock and this course is designed to stress animal health. Diseases important to livestock in Ontario are discussed, with emphasis being placed on prevention and control methods.

Rural Extension

Department of Rural Extension Studies

38-020 Rural Society F(3-0)

An examination of rural organization, ecological patterns, population trends, institutions, contemporary changes and development processes.

38-040 Leadership Skills Development W(3 0)

The focus of this course will be to treat leadership development as a method of taking charge by developing individual skills and knowledge to deal with the changing needs and issues arising from community, provincial, national and international perspectives.

Prerequisites: 37-016

Soil Science

Department of Land Resource Science

87-012 Principles of Managing Soils W(3-2)

An introduction to the principles of managing soils for sustained plant growth and organic matter cycling through study of their biological, physical and chemical properties; application of these principles in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and turf production.

87-022 Land and Water Resources W(2-1)

The need for stewardship and sustainability of land and water resources are to be discussed in terms of environmental concerns, land use decisions, and effect of urban expansion, resources extraction, waste disposal, recreation and forestry on the agricultural resource. Management and legislative approaches are included.

1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar
XIII--Associate Diploma

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