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PSC690 Integrated Pest Management (8)


The subject identifies and explores the current frontiers of research and development in the plant and animal protection fields. Although largely technical, the subject also considers ethical and sociological aspects, particularly with regard to novel control techniques such as genetic engineering.

The approach used to develop sustainable pest management will involve integrating information on ecological principles, life and disease cycles and the influences of environmental conditions as well as integrating management techniques themselves. This subject will enable students to specialise in areas of particular interest, thus catering for individual needs.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Rural Management

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
Be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the sociological and environmenal impacts of pest activity
Be able to demonstrate a knowledge of current pest management techniques with regard to their sustainability
Be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the ecological principles which affect the behaviour of pests in agroecosystem
Be able to access and interpret information required for the development of sustainable pest management
Be able to evaluate novel pest management techniques and demonstrate an understanding of how they may be integrated for sustainable pest management
Be able to communicate information on this subject effectively to enhance the development and adoption of sustainable pest management.


The subject will cover the following topics:
Fundamentals of Protection details the various factors we are protecting plants and animals from. It then goes on to describe the range of techniques which are currently used to do this. Ecology of Protection seeks to illustrate the complexity of the systems which, as pest managers, we are attempting to manipulate. By viewing what you learned in the module Fundamentals of Protection from an ecological point of view some of the reasons why current practices may not be sustainable should become clearer. We think it will also enable you to devise pest management which is more ecologically sound. Towards Sustainable Protection. This module continues the journey. It appraises current attempts at improving pest management and speculates on how further progress can be made. Characteristics of sustainable pest management are specifically discussed. Because this topic is on the frontier of current knowledge and practice, there is some speculation and several areas of uncertainty are also identified.


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.