Integrated Weed Management - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,017.00
International 3,267.00

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the course Graduate Diploma in Rural Science.

This unit examines weed management and the integration of cultural, biological and chemical control techniques in a range of ecosystems with the option to specialise in cropping systems, pastures, vegetables, orchards and vineyards, lawns and turf, plantation forests, conservation reserves and national parks, rangelands or aquatic systems.

Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the subject by outlining the nature of weeds;
  2. demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the subject by identifying a wide range of important weed species;
  3. critically analyse and evaluate information on the subject of how weeds affect different types of ecosystems, communicating this information to others using written and/or verbal forms;
  4. discuss in depth the range of management options available for weed control;
  5. critically analyse and evaluate information about weed management in an economic and historical context, communicating this knowledge in a detailed verbal or written format; and
  6. assimilate this information so as to critically explore integrated weed management systems at an advanced level.
  • Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Presentation (10%)
  • Test (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Some on campus attendance — This unit includes an on-campus intensive at the Armidale campus of UNE

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to weeds - weeds and their impact
2The ecology of weeds - weed invasion, population dynamics and interference
3Weed control techniques - legislation and quarantine, tillage and physical methods, cultural control, grazing, classical biological control, herbicide
4Historical and economic perspectives on weed management - history of IWM, economics of weed management
5Weed management strategies - crops, pastures, environmental weeds, vegetables, tree crops and vines, turf, plantation forests, rangeland, aquatic weed
6Challenges and future approaches to weed management

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This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

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