BOTY370 Mycology and Plant Pathology

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Updated: 16 April 2020
Credit Points 6
Offering
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites 72cp including BIOL110 and BIOL120 or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions BOTY270
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) David Backhouse (dbackhou@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Plant pathology is the study of infectious disease in plants, and of the pathogens that cause them. In this unit students will learn how to identify fungi using keys and other diagnostic tools, describe the basic biology of fungi and other plant pathogens, discuss the role of pathogens in natural and managed ecosystems, describe the parasitic and mutualistic interactions between fungi and plants and demonstrate an understanding of how plant diseases are managed.

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

The Fungi

ISBN: 9780123820341
Watkinson, S., Boddy, L. and Money, N., Academic Press (Elsevier) 3rd ed. 2016

Text refers to: Trimester 1, Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1 15% 1200
Assessment Notes

Written Essay

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 3, 5

Compulsory Fungal Collection 20% 1500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3

Compulsory Practical Assessment 15% 1000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 50%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2-5


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate theoretical and technical skills by using keys and other diagnostic tools in order to identify fungi;
  2. analyse and evaluate information in order to describe the basic biology of fungi and other plant pathogens;
  3. analyse and evaluate information in order to discuss the role of pathogens in natural and managed ecosystems; communicate this information to others in written and/or verbal form;
  4. describe the parasitic and mutualistic interactions between fungi and plants as a demonstration of a broad and coherent knowledge of the subject; and
  5. demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of how plant diseases are managed.