Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Historical and ecological aspects of the increasing global problems with plant pests and diseases will be presented. The diversity, broad classification into taxa, life-history and ecology of the main organisms adversely affecting crop production (including: insects, mites, and nematodes, fungi, fungi-like organisms, bacteria, viruses) will be examined. The principles and practice of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in agriculture, based on deployment of resistant cultivars, cultural and biological control measures and judicious use of pesticides, will be demonstrated in online interviews and face-to-face interactions with IPM experts, practical experiments in the lab and a field trip to a farm where IPM is practiced for pest control. In the practical classes students will study a range of insect pests and plant pathogens and visit a vegetable farm to observe first-hand and discuss with growers they approaches they use to manage pests and diseases.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKim Plummer

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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.
02. Explain and apply the theories of Integrated Pest Management.
03. Locate and synthesise information from appropriate online resources about plants, pests and disease.
04. Analyse pest and disease situations on farms and recommend innovative and integrated approaches to their control.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKim Plummer

Class requirements

Computer Laboratory Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 h 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"

Field Trip Week: 11 - 22
One 4.00 h field trip other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 h 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 3.00 h practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
ePortfolio record of practical experiences (1,200-word equivalent) 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.N/AN/AN/ANo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
Field group report (3 students/group, 300 words/student; 8% content, 2% team work)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
Online questions (1,000-word equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
One 2-hour examination (2,000-word equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4