ANIML SC 3019RW - Ecology and Management of Vertebrate Pests III

Roseworthy Campus - Winter - 2017

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 Summer 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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr David Taggart

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    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
    University Graduate Attributes

    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
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1,2,3
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • 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
    2,3
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    The 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 Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage
    of total assessment for grading purposes

    Hurdle

     Yes or No or part of a combined hurdle
    Objectives being assessed / achieved Approximate Timing of Assessment
    Practical
    reports

    Formative & Summative 40% No 1, 2, 4 3rd week of course
    Theory
    Examination

    Summative 60%

    No 2 End of
    Course
    Assessment Detail
    Practical 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)
    These are to be completed during the non-contact week (week 3)

     
    Theory exam (60%)
    A 2.5 hour theory examination is provided on the Friday of the third week.
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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