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HORT338 – Plant Pests and Diseases

Module code
Module title
Plant Pests and Diseases
The aim of this module is to develop student’s knowledge of plant pests, diseases, and disorders, and methods of prevention and control.
  • SX1701
  • WB2676
  • WB2678
NZQA Level
Level 3
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1. Identify a range of plant pests, diseases, and disorders for a specified sector based on their signs and symptoms.
2. Identify a range of plant pests, diseases, and disorders for a specified sector based on their signs and symptoms.
3. Describe plant pest, plant disease, and plant disorder prevention and control methods relevant to a specified sector, and precautions for their use.
- Evidence for ten plant pests, diseases and disorders
- Signs and symptoms on plants of pests, diseases and disorders
- Life cycles of two plant pests and two plant diseases
- Stages in life cycle in terms of sequence and symptom of plant damage
- Host species life cycle; mode of feeding, growth pattern, damaging stage, timing of host damage
- Plant diseases and environmental factors; temperature, light, humidity, soil moisture, leaf wetness, thatch, soil ph, fertility, soil micro-organisms, susceptible hosts
- Disease triangle, relationship of components, implications of disease prevention and control; fungus, host, environment
- Prevention methods and control; chemical, biological, cultural, physical, integrated pest management (IPM)
- Precautions, and legislative requirements; pollinators, beneficial organisms, humans, animals, Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996, and Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act 1997
- Legal requirements and implications
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Theoretical face-to-face and online sessions including tutorials, workshops, group activities, discussion, workbooks, independent learning, and assignments.
Assessment Criteria
Assessment in this module is competency-based. In order to pass this module, students must attempt and meet all the requirements of the competency-based assessments including carrying out all tasks in a safe manner and to industry standard.

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