Course Title: Define the pest problem

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: AERS6989C

Course Title: Define the pest problem

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5367 - Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Seb Buckingham

Nominal Hours: 100

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required apply a strategic pest management approach to define a pest problem.
Pests may be weeds, vertebrate or invertebrate pests or a combination of all three. The pest problem may be in a local or broader regional area.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

AHCPMG413 Define the pest problem


1. Establish the background to the target pest problem

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Determine landscape and land use within target area 1.2 Establish appropriate consultation with stakeholders in affected area to identify and record their knowledge, concerns and constraints, as part of a program to underpin the planning for the management of the target pest 1.3 Identify desired environmental management and production outcomes 1.4 Collect and record information about management or production processes that relate to the pest problem 1.5 Identify non-target species populations in target area


2. Analyse the target pest problem in the area

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Estimate economic losses and environmental impacts of the pest presence 4.2 Conduct a cost-benefit analysis of managing pest 4.3 Prepare a report on outcomes of investigation for stakeholders 4.4 Determine whether the pest problem warrants the need for a pest management plan


3. Determine critical control points for management of the target pest problem

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify periods of greatest risk as a result of the impact of the target pest or the proposed management program 3.2 Identify periods of significant vulnerability during target pest lifecycle 3.3 Determine appropriate time period for pest management activity


4. Define and document the impacts of the target pest

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Establish and document the stakeholder's understanding of the distribution of the target pest within the affected area 2.2 Confirm target pest population, damage, and distribution data obtained from stakeholders, through analysis of other sources of information 2.3 Identify factors, particularly environmental and pest biology, which may influence the target pest population and distribution within the area 2.4 Document the target pest lifecycle, identifying optimum times, locations and behaviours that may impact on the effectiveness of the management program 2.5 Identify non-target species populations and distribution in the area 2.6 Identify risks and benefits to non-target species, environmental, local ecology and production that may be at risk due to the impact of the pest or pest control activities, including possible steps within the management program to minimise or eliminate any adverse impacts on these species 2.7 Identify potential ecological role of target pest in area 2.8 Define potential risks relating to exotic disease or toxicity

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities


Field trips
group work
in class worksheets
class discussions
weed identification

Teaching Schedule

Week No.


Learning activity




Introduction and outline Sem 2

A strategic pest management approach


 Worksheets: Plant & animal pests



Question Sheet Feral Animals


 Worksheets: Plant & animal pests



Pest animal status in Victoria

Work on Assessment 2




Barmah Camp – no class




Environmental weeds





Powerful owl habitat and woody weed management, Mt Evelyn





Planting and weed control discussion– Lower Plenty -Banyule

Kangaroo survey and field assessment Banyule - Alma Browns Reserve
Kangaroo surveys and control






Landline weeds resistance to control


WON and noxious plant species

Worksheets on plant and animal pests



Mid Semester Break, no classes





Mill Park Recreation Reserve, weed control in Basalt Plains Grassland





Assess Weeds Greensborough Park and hand weeding





Class activity: Weed identification and mapping




No Class - AFL




Plant weed ID




Individual Presentations


Research Paper on pest species



Plant weed ID




Writing Workshop


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include research assignments, plant & animal surveys and written management reports

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Number


Due Date

% Mark


In Class (Practical) Assessment




Research Paper on pest species




Define the pest problem assignment



Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Assessment Information

This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilises graded assessment
CHD Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%)
CDI Competent with Distinction (70 – 79%)
CC Competent with Credit (60 – 69%)
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded (50 – 59%)
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (reports, assignments etc.)

  • Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.
  • APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available online at least 24 hours before the due date. The application should be emailed to the program Coordinator ( Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.
  • For missed assessments such as tests and field trips- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 5 days of the scheduled time of the assessment

Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. It also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher. 


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