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 and recordings with IPM experts and hands on practical experiments and demonstrations in the lab. In the practical classes students will study arrange of insect pests and plant pathogens to understand the biology of different pests and diseases, how to look for signs of infection/infestation and how to control pests and pathogens.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKim Plummer

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsAGR2PPD

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

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

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 that are faced by commercial crop producers 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 LaboratoryWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 hour 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.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
4 face to face, plus online pracs

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour 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


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

IPM case study and pre-prac quiz in advance of face to face Prac 1 on IPM

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

ePortfolio record of practical experiences (> 1,200- words equivalent) and identification of invertebrates of importance (pests and beneficials); and various pathogens presented in laboratory. 2 stepped assessment tasks reporting of appropriate records from lab; first is instructive and mainly formative, 2nd is summative.

N/AOtherIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Online questions (1,000-words equivalent) to align with pracs and lectures

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One 2-hour examination (2,000-words equivalent)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3