ZOOL19004 - Integrated Pest Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: BIOL11099 Living Systems OR BIOL12110 Agricultural Production 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2018

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
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 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 Policy 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.

Source: Moodle feedback
Feedback
Students expressed their enjoyment of the unit and its content, particularly emphasizing the relevance of topics covered to the real world.
Recommendation
Update unit content with more recent examples but maintain concepts and use of applied examples.
Action Taken
Unit content was update with applied examples and updated concepts.
Source: Moodle feedback
Feedback
One student felt the exam could be replaced with a different assessment item (not specified, but presumably assessing their application of theory and skills).
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will review the current assessment structure and consider what alternatives may provide a better test of learning outcomes than the exam.
Action Taken
The final examination was not replaced but was reviewed to ensure the content appropriately addressed the learning outcomes.
Source: Moodle Feedback and emails
Feedback
Some students expressed their disappointment at the residential school being cancelled because of Cyclone Debbie.
Recommendation
Instead of running the residential school in 2017, a back-up plan was initiated where students were given instruction and resources to complete the residential school project at their home. While this created more work logistical for the staff and students, it ensured the learning outcomes were assessed. The experience in 2017 will help to refine and improve this back-up option for future offerings, if required.
Action Taken
The residential school was run from the Rockhampton campus without disruption in 2018.
Source: Student unit evaluation and verbal feedback at residential school.
Feedback
ASSESSMENT A student expressed disappointment at the essay component of the exam.
Recommendation
The Unit coordinator should review the exam content but retain a level of assessment commensurate with third year.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student unit evaluations
Feedback
RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL Students expressed some disappointment in the residential school structure and content.
Recommendation
The Unit coordinator will assess the relevance of the practical component of the Unit (residential school) to ensure it provides appropriate practice in accordance with the unit learning outcomes.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student unit evaluation
Feedback
LECTURES AND DELIVERY Students expressed the opinion that lectures were informative.
Recommendation
Lectures will continue to be offered in the same manner.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination