PESTILENCE AND PLAGUE - INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT

AGR2IPM

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject explores the current frontiers of research and development in the plant protection fields. Although largely technical, the subject also considers ethical, environmental and sociological aspects, particularly with regard to control techniques such as genetic engineering and beneficial organisms. Identification and assessment of disease and pest infestations will be considered. The approach used to develop sustainable pest management will involve integrating information on ecological principles, life and disease cycles and the influences of environmental conditions as well as integrating management techniques themselves. This subject will enable students to specialise in areas of particular interest.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify pests and describe the role of beneficial pest control

Activities:
Through workshop sessions and group discussion of case studies, the place of pests in agriculture will be discussed. Use of both electronic and paper-based keys will be used to identify common pests.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs

02. Explain the role of technology in the identification and monitoring of pests and diseases and describe the causation and occurrence of pests

Activities:
Group discussion and practical sessions both in the laboratory and on the farm will be used to identify, monitor and demonstrate to effect of pests and diseases on crops and pastures.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs

03. Analyse and describe the integration of control methods in pest management.

Activities:
Group discussion and practical sessions both in the laboratory and on the farm will be used to describe the integration of control measures of pests and diseases on crops and pastures.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical Awareness
Discipline-specific GCs

04. Implement integrated pest management (IPM) program, including descriptions of set action thresholds, pest identification, and monitoring crop, pest treat prevention and control.

Activities:
Workshop sessions, group discussions and practical sessions on the farm will be used to devise an IPM program. Group discussions will be used to research and determine action thresholds.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs

05. Explore the role of IPM in conventional, organic, biodynamic and sustainable farming practices and reflect on environmental issues

Activities:
Workshop sessions will be used to discuss the role of IPM programs. Group discussions will be used to research and explore IPM in various modes of farming.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 days laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Case Study (up to 1000 words)20 03
Pest management program (1000 words)35 04
Practical Assessments (500 words)15 01
Written Exam (2 hours)30 01, 02, 05