Courses & Units

Introductory Entomology and Plant Pathology KLA255


This unit introduces you to the disciplines of entomology and plant pathology. It explores the classification, diversity, structure, function and general biology of insects and examines the concepts of plant disease and diagnostic procedures for plant pathogens (including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and nematodes). A collection of insects is a required component of the unit.


Unit name Introductory Entomology and Plant Pathology
Unit code KLA255
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Professor Calum Wilson
Teaching staff Professor Calum Wilson
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the biology of insects in relation to form and function
  • Describe the major classes of plant pathogens in relation to the diseases they induce
  • Apply scientific skills to enable diagnosis of plant diseases and identification and curation of insects
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050101 $515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,922.00

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Teaching Pattern

1 x 2-hour lecture, 1 x 3-hour practical per week. 

AssessmentDiagnostic exercise (2.5%)|Quiz (2.5%)|Insect spot-tests (x2) (5%)|Insect collection (22.5%)|Plant Pathology Diagnostic Case Report (22.5%)|Examination (45%)
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Gullan, P.J. & Cranston, P.S. (2014) The Insects: An outline of entomology. 5th ed. Wiley-Blackwell , Oxford.

Plant Pathology:

Tronsmo, A.M. et al. (2020) Plant Pathology and Plant Diseases. CABI Press. ISBN 13: 9781789243178 

Wilson, C.R. (2014) Applied Plant Virology. CABI Press. ISBN 13: 9781780644257

Lane, C.R., Beales, P.A., & Hughes, K.J.D (2012). Fungal Plant Pathogens. CABI Press. ISBN 13: 9781845936686

Kado, C.I. (2010). Plant Bacteriology. APS Press. ISBN 13: 9780890543887

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