PESTILENCE AND PLAGUE - INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT
Credit points: 15
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
Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith
Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Prerequisites Admission into SBATE
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Identify pests and describe the role of beneficial pest control
- 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.
02. Explain the role of technology in the identification and monitoring of pests and diseases and describe the causation and occurrence of pests
- 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.
03. Analyse and describe the integration of control methods in pest management.
- 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.
04. Implement integrated pest management (IPM) program, including descriptions of set action thresholds, pest identification, and monitoring crop, pest treat prevention and control.
- 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.
05. Explore the role of IPM in conventional, organic, biodynamic and sustainable farming practices and reflect on environmental issues
- 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.
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Epping, 2018, Week 29-43, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith
One 3.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 29 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
One 3.0 days laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 29 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 29 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
|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|