AGRO311 Plant Protection

Updated: 25 September 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
17 April 2020 20 April 2020 Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites AGRO211 or AGRO223 or candidature in a postgraduate award in the School of Environmental and Rural Science or School of Science and Technology
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) David Backhouse (
Unit Description

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.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) 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.