PLANT SC 7023EX - Biosecurity Plant Pests: Weeds
External - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code PLANT SC 7023EX Course Biosecurity Plant Pests: Weeds Coordinating Unit School of Agriculture, Food and Wine Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s External Units 3 Contact External Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description This course will consider: Weed ecology, and the invasion biology of plant species. The biology, ecology of weeds, including "sleeper weeds". Weed surveillance strategies. Weed identification. Weed eradication and containment. Successful and unsuccessful weed eradication programs. Weed management principles and weed control strategies in relation to eradication and containment of invasive weeds. The course will be delivered in external mode.
Course Coordinator: Professor Christopher Preston
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Course Learning OutcomesThe anticipated knowledge, skills and attitude to be developed by the student are:
1 An ability to explain the main attributes of plant species that facillitate them being invasive in a new environment and apply this to the assessment of potential invasiveness in plant species. 2 An ability to describe weed import pathways and discuss their relative importance in facilitating weed invasion 3 An ability to discuss the roles of weed surveillence, weed identification, eradication and containment in management of invasive species. 4 An ability to discuss the factors that contribute to successful eradication of a weed species and critique a weed eradication program. 5 An ability to understand the factors that contribute to range expansion of sleeper weeds and develop a management plan for a sleeper weed. 6 An ability to apply their knoweldge to practical problems in the management of invasive plant species
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4, 5 Career and leadership readiness
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- 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
1, 5, 6
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered online in a series of modules. Each module will comprise a major reading, associated supporting materials, and a list of selected papers.
Students will have an opportunity to communicate with the lecturer and other students in an online discussion and via email.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.This course is self-paced. The workload for the course is estimated to be 146 hours.
Learning Activities SummaryLECTURE LIST:
Module 1: Why Worry About Weeds?
Lecture 1-1: Defining weeds
Lecture 1-2: Economic and other impacts of weeds
Module 2: Weed Ecology
Lecture 2-1: Weed life history traits
Lecture 2-2: Characteristics of invasive plant species
Lecture 2-3: Weed population dynamics
Lecture 2-4: Interference and competition
Module 3: Weed invasiveness in different ecosystems
Lecture 3-1: Factors influencing weed invasion
Lecture 3-2: Types of disturbance and their impact on weed invasion
Module 4: Introduction Pathways for plant propagules
Lecture 4-1: Understanding introduction pathways
Lecture 4-2: Legislation and management of introduction pathways
Lecture 4-3: Weed risk assessment of new plant imports
Module 5: Recognising and identifying weed invaders
Lecture 5-1: Identifying weed species
Lecture 5-2: Weed surveillance strategies
Lecture 5-3: Eradication and containment of weeds
Lecture 5-4: Case studies: Successful and unsuccessful weed eradication
Module 6: Biology and ecology of sleeper weeds
Lecture 6-1: Introduction to sleeper weeds
Lecture 6-2: Range increase of sleeper weeds
Lecture 6-3: Strategies to identify and manage sleeper weeds
Module 7: Weed management principles
Lecture 7-1: Introduction to weed management principles
Lecture 7-2: Weed control tactics
Lecture 7-3: Biological control of weeds
Lecture 7-4: Case Studies: Integrated weed management
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Assignment 1: Weed Ecology Summative
25% Assignment 2: Weed Risk Assessment Summative Week 8 25% Project: Plant Invasion management Summative Week 12 45% Quizzes Summative Complete with each module 5%
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