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Plant Health (HORT90044)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Burnley)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeHORT90044
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject assesses and evaluates plant pests and diseases, which are the key biological factors impacting on plant health in urban landscapes. Students will learn how to assess and identify common pest and disease species; be able to describe the symptoms; and learn how and when to control and manage them in various settings. Maintaining the health of plants will also be approached from different perspectives such as various Integrated Pest Management methodologies. Students will explore industry-specific plant health issues relevant to trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. Safe and effective practices when using chemicals will be discussed, including the relevant legislation relating to chemicals, pests and diseases. The subject will be delivered through attendance at a six-day intensive workshop and a subsequent 10-12 week period of on-line subject delivery and assessment.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Assess, describe and identify important plant pest and disease species in urban landscapes and understand how and when to control them;
  • Analyse and learn how to manage common plant pests and diseases found in urban environments;
  • Discuss industry‐specific plant health and protection issues and perspectives;
  • Evaluate the various control measures, their use in the environment, and their safe handling and application.

Generic skills

Through participation in all class activities and completion of assessment tasks, students should acquire skills in:

  • Technical and discipline areas, skills and values; for example by participation in class activities and on‐line discussion;
  • Investigation and analysis; for example through the development of an urban plant health management plan;
  • Critical thinking and problem solving; for example through analysis and decision making around the various control options for plant pests and diseases; and
  • Time and organisational management; for example by successfully scheduling and submitting assessment tasks.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home




Online discussion (1000 words in length, due two weeks post-intensive) - 20%

  • 1000 words
Week 320%

Short online tests (2 × 45 minutes duration, one four weeks post-intensive and the other eight weeks post-intensive) - 30%

  • 45 minutes
During the assessment period30%

Assignment (2500 words in length, due 12 weeks post-intensive) - 50%

  • 2500 words
End of the assessment period50%

Dates & times

  • November
    CoordinatorAmy Hahs
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Burnley
    Contact hours42
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period17 November 2019 to 22 November 2019
    Last self-enrol date18 November 2019
    Census date13 December 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail17 January 2020
    Assessment period ends16 February 2020

Time commitment details

In addition to face-to-face teaching time of 42 hours, students should expect to undertake a minimum of 170 hours research, reading, writing and general study to complete this subject successfully. After the initial 6 day contact period there is a 10 - 12 week period of on-line subject delivery and assessment including on-line tutorials.

Further information

Last updated: 21 September 2019