Plant Protection - 2017

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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 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Essay (20%) , Invigilated Exam (45%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,243.00
International 3,493.00

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

This unit deals with the basic biology, ecology and management of pest organisms (insects, diseases and weeds) which attack plants in agricultural and environmental ecosystems. The principles of ecological, physical, biological and chemical control techniques are discussed, and the concepts of integrated pest management are applied. Topics include: the main groups of plant pests and their economic impacts, economic thresholds, identification, biology and ecology; mode of action, application and detoxification of pesticides; management of pesticide resistance; biological control using natural enemies; pest management through environmental modification; use of resistant varieties including transgenic plants; quarantine; and integrated pest management systems.

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

  1. by describing the impact of plant pests on agricultural industries and recognising a range of agriculturally important insects, diseases and weeds, the student will demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of the subject;
  2. analyse and evaluate information in order to discuss the ecological basis for pest problems and their management;
  3. communicate the principles and practices of different techniques for managing pest organisms to others using verbal and/or written formats;
  4. analyse and evaluate information in order to describe to others the molecular basis for several important plant protection processes;
  5. analyse and evaluate information in order to describe to others the generation and value of genetically engineered plants; and
  6. synthesise this information into an understanding of integrated pest management systems and evaluate the status of integrated pest management in current Australian plant protection systems.
  • Essay (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (45%)
  • Practical 1 — Disease Diagnosis (10%)
  • Practical 2 — Insects and Weeds (25%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Some on campus attendance

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to plant pest problems - losses, changes in management, economic thresholds
2Biological control of insect pests
3Chemical control of insect pests
4Other tactics
5Management of plant diseases - pathogen effects, epidemiology, principles of management, cropping systems and disease
6Management of weeds - impact, quarantine and legislation, physical, ecological, biological and chemical control

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