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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.
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.
Last updated: 30 June 2020