BIOS 021

Plant and Animal Health

Course overview

You’ll grow your knowledge of the biology and control of important insects, plant diseases, weeds of horticultural and agricultural crops, and how to tackle that safely, responsibly and efficiently with agrichemicals. Plus, you’ll cover disease prevention and control in farmed livestock.

Course information

Prerequisites and Restrictions You must satisfy the following requirement(s):
  • a minimum average grade of C across the course(s) specified below
  • restriction Plant Health, BIOS-22 or BIOS-22R
Available semesters Semester 2 2024
Credits 15
Domestic fees $969.00

Please note: This course can’t be fully completed online as you will need to be on campus to complete some activities.

What you will learn

After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Recognise the signs and symptoms of some important insect pests, plant diseases and weeds of selected crops or pasture.
  2. Describe the life cycles of common insect pests, plant diseases and weed species, including their survival, reproduction and spread.
  3. Choose the control options for these important insect pests, plant diseases and weeds.
  4. Offer a description of the safe, responsible and efficient use of agrichemicals according to NZS8409:1999 Code of Practice for the Management of Agrichemicals.
  5. Understand the welfare considerations expected when farming livestock in Aotearoa-New Zealand.
  6. Recognise and describe common diseases affecting Aotearoa-New Zealand livestock.
  7. Understand the economic and welfare impact of animal diseases and associated control
  8. Devise simple, planned animal health programmes.

Course examiners

Natalia Cripps Guazzone

Dr Natalia Cripps-Guazzone


Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences