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. Students will draw on skills already developed in other subjects and will integrate with agronomic type subjects studied concurrently. This subject as an integrative one that develops skills that you will use beyond your University career and which will pique your interest in plant pathology as an area of research.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

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

Grading System



One session


School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences


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.


This 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 3 day Compulsory 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.

Special Resources

Travel to and accommodation at a CSU campus is required for distance education students attending the compulsory residential school. All students are required to have a lab coat, safety glasses and covered footwear for lab based practicals.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.