AGRI12002 - Crop Protection

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Level Undergraduate
Unit 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

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2019

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Bundaberg
Gladstone
Online
Rockhampton

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).

Assessment Overview

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.

Assessment Tasks

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

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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.

Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Add some practical activities.
Recommendation
Practical activities will be incorporated for next year delivery.
Action Taken
Adding practicals was already suggested previously, but was not implemented this year either. Part of the reason was that the unit was already planned out, but more importantly, although the unit was formally offered in 'on-campus' mode, it was envisaged to effectively run like a distance unit for those students who were on concurrent work placements. Tutorial activities were designed to replace hands-on practicals to some extent, but live (including by Zoom) uptake of tutorials was poor and did not produce the intended interaction. This is not an ideal situation. A practical/excursion component should definitely be added, and students should be required to attend these, and a couple of tutorials (even if by Zoom) to have some hands-on learning. Given that this unit is due for rejuvenation a residential school will be introduced for the new incarnation in 2021 when competition with work placement units is better managed. For 2020, a redesign of tutorial activities to be combined with practical 'homework' is planned to improve the situation.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
The lack of hands on practical sessions was criticised, and field trips would be desirable
Recommendation
At least field trips that involve some hands-on experience would be greatly beneficial, as true practical components may be difficult due to concurrent student placements. Field trips need to be scheduled so students can plan their placement around it. The pending course rejuvenation will remove this clash of work placement unit and this unit, but only come into effect in 2021. For 2020, two field trips at scheduled timetabled times will be organised.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Assessment 1 due date was postponed at students' request, but that left little time for assessment 2.
Recommendation
Earlier due dates for assessments are important to spread workload and receive earlier feedback. The suggestion is to replace the current assessment 1 with a series of online quizzes, collectively worth 60%, and leave more time for assessment 2.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
As both assessments were worth 50%, there was too much pressure especially on the final one.
Recommendation
A series of online quizzes as per suggestion above would take some pressure of the final assessment.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Self reflection
Feedback
The unit would really benefit from a practical component, ideally weed, pest and disease identification exercises plus fieldtrip(s)
Recommendation
Devise ways of including practical/excursion components that work even though the majority of students may be off campus on field trip.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Self reflection
Feedback
The organisation of this unit was confusing from the beginning. Most students were on placement and were informed that they could regard this unit like an online unit, but there were a smaller number of students participating as scheduled on campus. Placement tasks also compelled students to ask to move due dates for the first assessment, which in the end compressed too many tasks later in the term.
Recommendation
Clearer communication about the delivery mode of this unit is needed, including at the HoC level, and probably less consideration can be given to clashes with student placements, as these have individual schedules so that no solution fits all students equally.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment