Courses & Units

Entomology and Plant Pathology KLA435



This unit is classed as a restricted unit and available to Master of Applied Science students.


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 Entomology and Plant Pathology
Unit code KLA435
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Associate Professor Geoff Allen
Teaching staff Professor Calum Wilson
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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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.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the biology of insects in relation to form and function
  • Explain the details of the major classes of plant pathogens in relation to the diseases they induce
  • Apply advanced scientific skills to enable diagnosis of plant diseases and identification and curation insects
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
050101 $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

26 lectures, 39 hrs practicals 

AssessmentInsect spot-tests (4%)|Quiz (2%)|Plant pathogen diagnostic exercise (2%)|Examination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) (45%)|Insect collection (20%)|Plant Pathology Diagnostic Case Report (20%)|Assignment (7%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.



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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