PLANT PESTS AND PATHOGENS

AGR3PPP

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject the range of organisms adversely affecting crop production, including insects, mites, and nematodes, fungi, fungi-like organisms, bacteria , viruses, is introduced. Historical and ecological aspects of the increasing problems with crop pests and diseases are introduced. The diversity, classification, life-history and ecology of the main pest types are introduced as a basis for discussing their integrated management in agriculture, based on deployment of resistant cultivars, cultural and biological control measures and judicious use of pesticides. The principles and practice of Integrated Pest Management will be introduced. In the practical classes students study a range of insect pests and plant pathogens and visit a vegetable farm to observe first hand how growers manage pests and diseases.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKim Plummer

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completion of one of the following subjects: BIO1MGC, BIO1APM, BIO1EEB, BIO1PS or BIO1OF

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects AGR2PPD or AGR3PPD

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is co-taught with AGR2PPD. AGR3PPP students submit the same assessment tasks, but are assessed against criteria appropriate for a capstone level

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsReading links online via LMSPrescribed..

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe, explain and synthesise various aspects of the diversity and biology of the full range of pest and pathogen organisms that adversely affect crop plants.

Activities:
Diversity and biology introduced in lectures. Pests and pathogens observed in the field and laboratory classes. Guidelines are given for the ePortfolio.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Explain and apply the theories of Integrated Pest Management.

Activities:
Theory and application of Integrated Pest Management introduced in lectures, observed in the field and laboratory classes, and researched by students on line, this includes exposure to concepts and practices of plant production in an environmental and ethically sustainable manner.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills

03. Locate and synthesise information from appropriate online resources about plants, pests and disease.

Activities:
Students are given guidance on suitable sites/resources to conduct individual online research, including issues relating to global food security, production and trade in relation to plant quarantine frameworks. Their findings to be used in an annotated ePortfolio, online quiz questions and answers in final written exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills

04. Analyse pest and disease situations on farms and recommend innovative and integrated approaches to their control.

Activities:
Cultural and ethical behaviours relating to food production/farm practices will be discussed during field trips and in follow-up studies in the laboratory.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKim Plummer

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Field Trip Week: 11 - 22
One 4.0 hours field trip other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Computer Laboratory Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours computer laboratory per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
" Optional computer tutorial for assisting with electronic portfolio. "

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Online content, activities and quizzes including completing an electronic prac book"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
ePortfolio record of practical experiences (> 1200 words)3 different stepped assessment tasks - first is instructive and mainly formative, 2nd is summative and formative and third is mainly summative as not corrections possible other than for future reporting of appropriate records from lab.35 01, 02, 03, 04
Field trip report (max 1000 words) (3 students/group 300 words/student; 8% content, 2% team work)10 01, 02, 03, 04
Online questions (1000 words equiv)20 01, 02, 03, 04
One 1.5-hour examination35 01, 02, 03