AGRI12002 - Crop Protection
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit covers planning and management of long-term weed, pest and disease control in crops, including the principles and practices of crop protection in a crop management system. You will identify the standard required to interpret information, implement and monitor control procedures and strategies, evaluate and record control strategies and plan land use according to control strategies. You will have access to real crop production systems to develop underpinning knowledge and practices.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite

AGRI11002 Crop Management Systems

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
  • Bundaberg
  • Emerald
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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 50%
2. Written Assessment 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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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the pest, weed and/or diseases relevant to a given crop production enterprise.
  2. Analyse data to determine long-term weed, pest and/or disease control strategies.
  3. Assess the effect on crops of weeds, pests and/or diseases.
  4. Develop an integrated weed, pest and/or disease management plan for a crop production system.
  5. Evaluate weed, pest and/or disease control strategies for a crop production system.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Written Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 - Written Assessment

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

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 American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorDaniel Cozzolino (d.cozzolino@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

Background to crop protection

Week 2 13-03-2017

Weeds identification

Week 3 20-03-2017

Disease identification

Week 4 27-03-2017

Pest identification

Week 5 03-04-2017

Weeds - integrated pest management

Crop Protection Handbook Due Friday (07 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Break week

Week 6 17-04-2017

Weeds - integrated pest management

Week 7 24-04-2017

Disease - integrated pest management

Week 8 01-05-2017

Disease - integrated pest management

Week 9 08-05-2017

Pest - integrated pest management

Week 10 15-05-2017

Pest - integrated pest management

Week 11 22-05-2017

Weed / Pest / Disease IPM

Week 12 29-05-2017

Weed / Pest / Disease IPM

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Integrated Pest Management Property Plan Due Monday (05 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Crop Protection Handbook
Task Description

Topic/Question: Crop Protection Handbook - A Practical Resource for Field Identification.

You are required to complete a practical handbook. The handbook will be completed in both practical classes and during your own time. The aim of this assessment is to develop a resource of weeds, vertebrate and invertebrate pests and diseases for a variety of agricultural crops and regions that can be used into the future as a personal reference manual. You will be provided with a practical book template in week 1 of term and will be expected to attend all lectures, tutorials and practicals to assist in completing the practical book.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (07-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Monday (17-Apr-2017)
Feedback to students
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

You will be provided with a practical book template and marking rubric in week 1.

Marks are awarded for:

1. a definition of the topic (5%);

2. the quality of the background review (30%);

3. the discussion of this information in context of the question asked (50%);

4. and the clarity of English expression, spelling, grammar, accuracy of referencing, use of figures and tables, appropriate length (15%).

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

1. Explain the pest, weed and/or diseases relevant to a given crop production enterprise.

3. Assess the effect on crops of weeds, pests and/or diseases.

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 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Integrated Pest Management Property Plan
Task Description

Topic/Question: Crop Protection, Integrated Pest Management Property Plan.

In this assessment you will develop an Integrated Pest Management Plan for one of the cropping systems case studies provided on the Moodle site, with the aim of ensuring a profitable crop.

The assessment will include: the identification of weeds, vertebrate and invertebrate pests and diseases that affect the cropping system; and analysis of data on pest pressure in the cropping system. You will evaluate the practical and financial viability of your plan, its environmental sustainability and possible impacts on other farm enterprises. This assignment will be presented as a website, with the aim of providing an online resource for growers and other industry representatives.

Length: Maximum total word limit is 3 000 words across a maximum of 6 web pages.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Monday (12-Jun-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

You will be provided with a template for the Integrated Pest Management Property Plan and marking rubric in Week 1.

Marks are awarded for:

1. a definition of the topic (5%);

2. the quality of the background review (30%);

3. the discussion of this information in context of the question asked (50%);

4. and the clarity of English expression, spelling, grammar, accuracy of referencing, use of figures and tables, appropriate length (15%).

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

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

2. Analyse data to determine long-term weed, pest and/or disease control strategies.

4. Develop an integrated weed, pest and/or disease management plan for a crop production system.

5. Evaluate weed, pest and/or disease control strategies for a crop production system.

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




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