PLNT*6240 Crop Production and Management

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The following description is for the course offering in Fall 2019 and is subject to change. It is provided for information only. The course outline distributed to the class at the beginning of the semester describes the course content and delivery, and defines the methods and criteria to be used in establishing the final grades for the course.
 

An open discussion course designed to review and critically analyze contemporary issues in crop production and management.

Instructors:

Teaching Assistant:

Credit Weight:

0.25

Course Level:

  • Graduate

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture

Campus:

Guelph

Semester Offering:

  • Fall

Class Schedule and Location:

The class will meet on six evenings from 6 – 9 pm, in room 202, Crop Sci. The dates will be selected according to student availability.  

Learning outcomes:

Specific Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
  1. Effectively explain recent advances in the understanding of pesticide resistance
  2. Critically assess the scientific basis underlying current resistance prevention and management tactics
  3. Clearly and succinctly present to the class different aspects of a pesticide resistance case.

Lecture Content:

Discussions and presentations

Labs & Seminars:

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test Contribution to Final Grade

Colloquium Presenatation

75%

Preliminary Outline

10%

Participation

15%

Marking rubrics will be available on CourseLink.

Final examination:

There is no final examination scheduled for this course.

Course Resources:

Required Texts:

Not applicable

Recommended Texts:
  • Brady, N. and Weil, R. 1999. Nature and Property of Soils. 12th Edition. Prentice Hall, N.J. USA.
  • Food Sustainability Index       http://foodsustainability.eiu.com/
  • Landis, D.A. 2017. Designing agricultural landscapes for biodiversity-based ecosystem services. Basic and Applied Ecology. 18:1 -12
  • Steffen, Will* Katherine Richardson, Johan Rockström, Sarah E. Cornell, Ingo Fetzer, Elena M. Bennett, Reinette Biggs, Stephen R. Carpenter, Wim de Vries, Cynthia A. de Wit, Carl Folke, Dieter Gerten, Jens Heinke, Georgina M. Mace, Linn M. Persson, Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Belinda Reyers, Sverker Sörlin. 2015. Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet. Science 347, 1259855. DOI: 10.1126/science.1259855  
Lab Manual:

Not applicable.

Other Resources:

Refereed papers will be assigned as readings in the class preceding the next class.

Field Trips:

Not applicable.

Additional Costs:

Not applicable.

Course Policies:

Grading Policies:

Outlines are due Friday February 1st at 5pm and will be submitted in DropBox on CourseLink. Presentations will be made on Fridays not before Friday February 8th. Late outlines will be accepted, with a reduction in mark of 20% for each business day it is late. Students are expected to participate actively in the discussions.

Course Policy on Group Work:         

All assignments are to be individual work, conforming with the university policies of academic integrity.

Course Policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of lectures:

Electronic recording of classes is expressly forbidden without consent of the instructor. When recordings are permitted they are solely for the use of the authorized student and may not be reproduced, or transmitted to others, without the express written consent of the instructor.

Other Course Information:

University Policies

Academic Consideration

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