Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Identify ecological principles as they relate to the principles and
concepts of integrated pest management.
2. Classify pests into the major taxonomic groups significant to crops and
3. Identify the major types of agricultural and landscape pests.
4. Detect and analyze pest infestation damage caused by insects, weeds,
diseases, and other common pests.
5. Observe and identify significant anatomical features of pests using
microscopes, hand lenses, or other diagnostic equipment.
6. Monitor pests in agricultural and landscape settings and produce a log
of pest activity and population levels.
7. Describe the basic methods of biological, cultural,
mechanical/physical, and chemical pest control.
8. Develop an integrated pest management strategy for a specific crop or
9. Compare the classifications and formulations of pesticides and their
use in a pest control environment.
10. Outline the basic laws and regulations governing the use of
11. Describe how to prepare pesticides/spray equipment safely and
accurately, and (using mock products) demonstrate the correct
application of these materials.
12. List methods for responding to accidents and environmental
hazards involving pest control materials.
A. Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
B. Laws and regulations
II. Ecological Principles related to IPM concept
III. Pest ID/Classification
F. Pathogens (disease causing agents)
G. Abiotic disorders
IV. Monitoring Procedures
V. Management Methods of IPM Programs
VII. Pesticide use
A. Laws & regulations
B. Pesticide label and signal words
C. Personal protective equipment and safety procedures
D. Calibration of equipment
VIII. Health & Environmental Concerns
A. Pesticide emergencies
B. Minimizing environmental risks
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
10 - 30%
|Written homework, Reading reports, Lab reports, Term papers, Reports on internet research.||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
15 - 30%
|Homework problems, Field work, Lab reports, Quizzes, Exams||
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
5 - 10%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
20 - 50%
|Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Short answer.||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
5 - 10%
|Field trip attendance.||
1. IPM in Practice: Principles and Methods of Integrated Pest Management.
University of California Publication #3418.
2. Pests of Landscape Trees and Shrubs: An Integrated Pest Management
Guide. UC Davis Agriculture & Natural Resources, 1994.
3. Pests of the Garden & Small Farm, 2nd ed.: A Grower's Guide to Using
Less Pesticide. UC Davis Agriculture & Natural Resources, 1998.
4. Natural Enemies Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Biological Pest
Control. UC Davis Agriculture & Natural Resources, 1998.
5. Soil Solarization: A Nonpesticidal Method for Controlling Diseases,
Nematodes, and Weeds. UC Davis Agriculture & Natural Resources, 1997.
6. Grape Pest Management. 2nd ed. UC Davis Agriculture & Natural
7. The Safe and Effective Use of Pesticides. UC Davis Agriculture &
Natural Resources, 2000.