PSC371 Plant Pathology (8)


This subject will introduce you to the study of plant pathogens and aims to give you skills in the recognition and assessment of diseases of plants. It is also hoped that the subject will draw on skills already developed in other subjects and will integrate with agronomic type subjects studied concurrently. It is hoped that you will see this subject as an integrative one that develops skills that you will use beyond your University career and which may pique your interest in plant pathology as an area of research.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSC371
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

BIO118 or MCR101

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate knowledge of both biotic and abiotic agents of plant disease
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the steps involved in diagnosing plant diseases and be able to undertake disease assessment in the field.
- be able to demonstrate an intimate knowledge of a select group of diseases relevant to their area of interest.
- be familiar with the full range of options for disease management
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of integrated plant disease management.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- disease recognition and diagnosis - biology of organisms associated with plant diseases - epidiemiology of plant diseases - crop loss assessment - principles of disease control and management - integrated pest management

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 4 day residential school. Course specific lectures and practical exercises in disease identification and laboratory techniques designed to supplement and extend the theoretical aspects of this subject.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.