COTT401 Cotton Crop Protection

UNE has cancelled in-person, paper-based exams for Trimester 2. Instead, all exams will either be transferred to other modes of assessment, or offered online. There may be some discrepancies to published unit information while we work through the University processes to approve the changes and reflect them through publication. Information about online exams is available on UNE's Online Supervised Exams page.

Updated: 02 March 2020
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Intensive School(s)

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

Start Finish Attendance Notes
Mandatory Intensive school to be held at ACRI, Narrabri. Dates to be advised.
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 None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions COTT301 or COTT501

All online students will receive a 'cotton protection' manual produced by the UNE and Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) personnel and attend a 3.5 day Mandatory Intensive School held at the Australian Cotton Research Institute near Narrabri and take part in online exercises and communication.

Combined Units COTT301 - Cotton Crop Protection
COTT501 - Cotton Crop Protection
Coordinator(s) Oliver Knox (
Unit Description

This unit examines the management of insect pests, weeds and diseases that affect cotton crops. The scientific basis for their management is discussed as well as practical, sustainable methods for their control. Identification, thresholds, integrated control mechanisms of all cotton pests are discussed. Students are required to complete a practical session totalling 3.5 days at the Australian Cotton Research Institute, Narrabri.

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1: Written Essay 32% 1500
Assessment Notes

Essay on arthropod pest control in cotton.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Assignment 2: Written Essay 32% 1500
Assessment Notes

Essay on managing weeds and diseases in cotton crops.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Online Tasks and Assessment 4% 200
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2

Compulsory Open Book Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 32% 2000
Assessment Notes

Open book exam on all unit materials.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate specialised theoretical and practical knowledge of cotton crop protection by identifying the main pests, weeds and diseases of cotton crops and discussing their management, identification, ecology and relationship to each other;
  2. knowledgeably discuss the principles behind the protection of cotton crops from arthropod pests, weeds and diseases demonstrating advanced knowledge of the environmental implications of pesticide applications;
  3. describe Integrated Pest Management (IPM): clearly communicating the effective combination of pesticides and biological control measures in the management of pests in cotton systems;
  4. demonstrate advanced practical and technical understanding of the correct set up of a spray rig for pesticide application;
  5. demonstrate critical thinking and judgement in evaluating the environmental implications of pesticide applications and suggest solutions to problems; and
  6. describe and explain the importance of biological and ecological issues of a range of pest, weeds and diseases protection problems commonly encountered in cotton production systems in Australia and some other countries.