COTT501 Cotton Crop Protection

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Updated: 29 January 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 candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions COTT301 or COTT401

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
COTT401 - 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 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. demonstrate an advanced 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 and transmit this knowledge to a variety of audiences;
  2. analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise principles behind the protection of cotton crops from arthropod pests, weeds and diseases and evaluate and supply environmentally sound solutions to pest problems;
  3. apply effective Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices: clearly communicating to an expert audience the effective combination of pesticides and biological control measures in the management of pests in cotton systems;
  4. demonstrate expert practical and technical understanding of the correct set up of a spray rig for pesticide application;
  5. demonstrate cognitive, technical and practical skills in investigating, analysing and providing solutions to pesticide applications problems; and
  6. justify and interpret theoretical and practical propositions and methodologies to a range of audiences, professional and non-technical, explaining 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.