ZOOL19004 - Integrated Pest Management
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

There are many human activities in natural systems where success relies on the management of pest insect, plant, and vertebrate species. Agriculture is perhaps the most obvious endeavour in which pests can cause massive environmental and economic damage if not managed effectively (e.g. weeds). In this unit the taxonomy, functional anatomy and morphology of pest species will be introduced, particularly insects which collectively form the most problematic pest group. The ecology of pest species, particularly as related to their management, will be explored, especially in the context of chemical and biological methods of population control. Integrated pest management and modern control strategies will be discussed as the contemporary best-practice solution to pest management.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: BIOL11099 Living Systems OR BIOL12110 Agricultural Production Systems

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Comment was made that the course material seemed introductory in places (despite no student achieving a HD), and that more modern and local examples could be used. Moodle feedback Lecture material will be updated annually as usual, with an eye on incorporating more modern examples (although not always possible if not modern examples exist). Incorporating more local examples is risky given CQU's national footprint and the need to cater to people from a wide geographic background.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Define terminology relating to the anatomy, physiology, ecology, efficacy as a pest, and management of insects, vertebrates, and plants
  2. Link insect, vertebrate, and plant physiology and ecology with their efficacy and management as a pest species, in verbal and written form
  3. Describe the diversity of pest management practices, particularly in the context of guarding against environmental, economic, and social damage, in verbal and written form
  4. Discuss the concepts, principles, and logic of integrated pest management in verbal and written form
  5. Acquire taxonomic skills by preparing properly curated insect specimens and identifying them to the level of order at a minimum
  6. Acquire practical skills in the scientific study of insects as a pest species by conducting experimental research on insect pests and thier management in both field and laboratory settings.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Practical Assessment      
3 - Examination    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work      
6. Information Technology Competence        
7. Cross Cultural Competence      
8. Ethical practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination    

Corrections

Date Updated Information
14-Feb-2017 17:03

SCHEDULE CORRECTION

The Residential School is during Week 5 (3rd -5th April) in Rockhampton (NOT during week 11).

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

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IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorLeigh Stitz (l.stitz@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Course Intro

What defines an insect pest?

Week 2 13-03-2017

Insect taxonomy, evolution, and anatomy

Week 3 20-03-2017

Insect mouthparts and sensory perception

Week 4 27-03-2017

Insect reproduction, development, and ecology


Week 5 03-04-2017

Insect pest management


Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Vertebrate pest biology, history, and legislation

Pest Management Essay (Major assignment) Due Monday (17 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Terrestrial vertebrate pests

Week 8 01-05-2017

Aquatic pests

Native vertebrate pests

Week 9 08-05-2017

Plant pests

Integrated weed management

Week 10 15-05-2017

Terrestrial weeds

Aquatic weeds

Week 11 22-05-2017

No lectures scheduled due to residential school

Residential School, Rockhampton, 26 - 28 May

Oral Presentations (held during residential school)

Week 12 29-05-2017

Review of key course concepts

Practical Report Due

Friday (2 June 17) 11:45 PM AEST

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Pest Management Essay (Major assignment)
Task Description

Students will be required to write an essay justifying the need for managing a pest organism of their choosing, including proposed management strategies. The course Moodle site provides detailed instructions, hints, and tips for this assignment.

2000 words maximum (excluding title page, figure captions, tables and references)

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Monday (17-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Monday (01-May-2017)
Two weeks after submission
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Marks will be awarded for writing skills, content, research and referencing. Marks will be deducted for plagiarism and copying. Additional hints and tips for successfully completing this assignment are available on the course Moodle site.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Define terminology relating to the anatomy, physiology, ecology, efficacy as a pest, and management of insects, vertebrates, and plants

2. Link insect, vertebrate, and plant physiology and ecology with their efficacy and management as a pest species, in verbal and written form

3. Describe the diversity of pest management practices, particularly in the context of guarding against environmental, economic, and social damage, in verbal and written form

4. Discuss the concepts, principles, and logic of integrated pest management in verbal and written form

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment (Residential School)
Task Description

Students will be required to submit both an oral presentation (10 % of final grade) and written report (20 % of final grade) summarising their residential school research project. Further details and instructions about both assessments are provided on the course moodle site.

Assessment Due Date The oral presentation will take place during times to be determined at the residential school (26 - 28 May 2017), the written report will be submitted online through Moodle and is due in week 12 by 11:45 pm on 2 June 2017
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
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Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Marks will be awarded for speaking and writing skills, clear and concise presentation of research results, library research effort, and logical thoughts when interpreting results. Marks will be deducted for plagiarism. Please see instructions on the Moodle site for extra details, hints, and tips for completing this assessment successfully.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online
Hard copy

The oral presentation will be submitted in person at the end of the residential school, while the written report will be submitted online at the end of week 12.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Link insect, vertebrate, and plant physiology and ecology with their efficacy and management as a pest species, in verbal and written form

5. Acquire taxonomic skills by preparing properly curated insect specimens and identifying them to the level of order at a minimum

6. Acquire practical skills in the scientific study of insects as a pest species by conducting experimental research on insect pests and thier management in both field and laboratory settings.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 45%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Define terminology relating to the anatomy, physiology, ecology, efficacy as a pest, and management of insects, vertebrates, and plants

2. Link insect, vertebrate, and plant physiology and ecology with their efficacy and management as a pest species, in verbal and written form

3. Describe the diversity of pest management practices, particularly in the context of guarding against environmental, economic, and social damage, in verbal and written form

4. Discuss the concepts, principles, and logic of integrated pest management in verbal and written form

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice


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