Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 x 1 hour lectures per week
Practical 2 x 2.5 hour practicals per semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assignment: Outcome assessed: 3  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3  70%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Examination, testing all outcomes.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this modules, students will be able to:

1. Assess disease, pest and weed severity and estimate effects on yield;

2. Understand the genetic basis for disease resistance and the potential for exploiting resistance;

3. Evaluate integrated strategies for disease, pest and weed control.


The lectures deal with the broad areas of disease, pest and weed management: disease development and basic epidemiology; disease/yield loss relationships; plant disease resistance and its exploitation; disease management strategies - integration of cultural, chemical, physical and plant resistance approaches; pests and the damage they cause, pest management strategies, including biological control; weed competition; weed biology - strategies for reproduction, spread, survival and competitive ability; herbicide use; non-chemical approaches to weed control; chemical application technology. The practicals consider disease assessment techniques and weed identification.


To examine the principles that underlie the management of diseases, pests and weeds and to provide a framework for the development of control strategies in crop production.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Students' ability to communicate in writing will be assessed by the production of a crop protection plan.
Information Technology Students' ability to find information on the internet will be a major contributor to the completion of the assignment.

Reading List

General Text
Lucas J A (1998) Plant pathology and plant pathogens Blackwell Science, Oxford Primo search Maloy O C (1993) Plant disease control: principles and practice Wiley and Sons, New York Primo search van Emden H F (1992) Pest control. New Studies in Biology 2nd edition Edward Arnold, London Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6