ANIML SC 3019RW - Ecology and Management of Vertebrate Pests III
Roseworthy Campus - Winter - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code ANIML SC 3019RW Course Ecology and Management of Vertebrate Pests III Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Term Winter Level Undergraduate Location/s Roseworthy Campus Units 3 Contact 10 days during Winter Semester Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge BIOLOGY 1202 or BIOLOGY 1203RW Quota A quota will apply Course Description This course strongly emphasises the field application of vertebrate pest control techniques and provides the theoretical bases for these techniques. Topics covered are the biology and ecology of vertebrate pests; the damage caused by pest animals; the legislative and administrative aspects of vertebrate pest control; district organisations; extension; vertebrate pest control practice.
Note: There is a 5 day field trip as a compulsory component of this course.
Course Coordinator: Dr David Taggart
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 understand the biological parameters that underpin the application of control techniques to pest populations 2 apply pest control techniques 3 comprehend the environmental and agricultural imperatives for pest control 4 comprehend the welfare implications of pest control
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,3,4 Critical thinking and problem solving
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- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
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- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1,2,3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,2 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
2 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Recommended ResourcesThe main reference book referred to in class is:
Olsen, P. (1998) Australia’s Pest Animals: New Solutions to Old Problems. Bureau of Resources Sciences, Canberra.
Copies of this book (and other useful books) are available in the Roseworthy Library. Copies will also be available on the field trip.
Access to field trip location
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesA combination of lectures, short field excursions and a field camp (five days).
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
A student enrolled in this course will be expected to attend each scheduled day of activities (approx 8hrs per day) for the formal contact time required for the course (e.g., lectures and practicals). In addition, a student will have to undertake non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision) for the preparation of the assignment and revision for the exam.
Learning Activities SummaryLectures
Strategic Management of Vertebrate Pests
The NRM Act and how it applies VPM in SAMr
Disease and Vertebrate Pests
Unintended Consequences of Vertebrate Pest Management
Impacts of Climate Change
Species included (but not limited to) - rabbits, deer, rodents, goats, pigs, camels, birds, foxes and cats.
Short Field Excursions
Identification of vertebrate pests and their impacts, and the management options available.
In particular trips will focus on issues including rabbit, deer and southern hairy-nosed wombat impacts and management and the role of authorized officers.
Compulsory five-day field trip held at Gum Creek Station in the Flinders Ranges.
Impacts of a variety of vertebrate pest species including: rabbits, goats, foxes, dogs and kangaroos on the semi arid environment in this region.
Survey methods used to measure impact and the various tools available for controlling these vertebrate pest species.
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Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage
of total assessment for grading purposes
Yes or No or part of a combined hurdle
Objectives being assessed / achieved Approximate Timing of Assessment Practical
Formative & Summative 40% No 1, 2, 4 3rd week of course Theory
Summative 60% No 2 End of
Assessment DetailPractical Reports
Practical Reports completed during the non-contact week. Three reports of equal value totalling 40%:
- An assessment of a rabbit infestation (map and 1000 words)
- Planning a fox control program (map and 1000 words)
- Natural resources management board operations (1500 words)
Theory exam (60%)
A 2.5 hour theory examination is provided on the Friday of the third week.
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A mark of zero will be allocated to late submitted assessment.
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