Courses & Units

Crop Protection and Biosecurity KLA311



In this unit we study the principles behind the management of agricultural pest insects, weeds and diseases. The unit includes modules on (1) Biosecurity, (2) Weeds, (3) Pest & disease monitoring and decision making, (4) Chemicals in crop protection,(5) Cultural control and host plant resistance, (6) Biological control, and (7) Integrated pest and disease management. This unit, and related units of pest and disease biology, together prepare graduates to manage plant pests, disease and weed risks in agricultural and horticultural vocations, and understand the implications of this management for the broader community.


Unit name Crop Protection and Biosecurity
Unit code KLA311
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Associate Professor Kara Barry
Teaching staff Associate Professor Alistair Gracie|Associate Professor Geoff Allen
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply weed science to identify and manage weeds in pasture and cropping systems.
  • Determine appropriate pesticide handling and biosecurity practices using Australian crop protection regulations.
  • Plan effective integrated pest and disease management systems using chemical, cultural, biological and host resistance controls.
  • Evaluate factors affecting sustainable implementation of integrated pest and disease management in agricultural systems.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
050100 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,783.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

2 x 50 min lectures per week; 1 x 3 hr practical per week

AssessmentBiosecurity activity (5%)|Final exam (30%)|Pesticide test (17.5%)|Herbicide report (22.5%)|Weed ID and weed collection (25%)
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