AGRI 1413
Plant Protection

Western Texas College

    1. Course description:  Principles and practices of controlling and preventing economic loss caused by plant pests.  Includes instruction in entomology, plant pathology, weed science, crop science, environmental toxicology and related environmental protection measures.
    2. Any required or recommended prerequisites:  No prerequisites.
    1. Upon completion of specified course material, the student will recognize the characteristics of insects and the orders to which they belong assessed by examinations and hands on laboratory exercises.
    2. Given a specific criteria, the student will collect insects from 10 insect orders which will be assessed using a rubric given at the time of assignment.
    3. Upon completion of specified course material, the student will identify practices used to control plant pests and properly perform these procedures in a laboratory setting.
    4. Upon completion of the course, the student will recall information presented in the course pertaining to insect identification, morphology, anatomy and also protection measures used to protect plants from pests when given a final exam that will be assessed on a 200-point scale.
    1. Grading system:  Final grades will be assigned based on a point system of assignments.  Students will earn an A, B, C, D, F, I, W, Q. Final grades are as follows:
  4. A=1080 points and above
    B=960-1079 points
    C=840-959 points
    D=720-839 points
    F=719 points and below

    1. Course Requirements:

    Six Major Exams – 600 points
    Library research – 50 points
    Lab – 350 points
    Final Exam – 200 points

    1. Required books:  How to Know the Insects, Third Edition, Roger G. Bland
    2. Supplies and equipment:  NA
    1. Make-up tests, late assignments, final exams: There will be no make up exams given and no late assignments accepted.  If a student knows that he/she will be gone on the day of an exam or assignment, arrangements must be made prior to the absence.  No final exams will be given early.
    2. Attendance policy:  All students are expected to attend all classes and labs and on time. If a student comes in late, it will count as an absence.  After a student has been absent three hours, it will be reported to the counseling center.  After a total of six hours missed, the student may be administratively dropped.  Disruptive behavior will result in the student being removed form the class. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure they are on a roll sheet.
    3. Academic integrity:  Cheating will result in being removed from the class.
    4. Cell Phones:  Cell phones must be turned to silent or turned off during class.
    1. Safety:  A number of safety measures are in place for your continued protection.  In the    event of inclement weather, shelters have been designated at several locations on campus.  Your student handbook will have a map of these locations and you should familiarize yourself with each.  The shelters will be marked at the entrance.  Western Texas College is part of the citywide call list, which is activated by the local law enforcement personnel.  Warnings will be given throughout the campus once the call is received.
    2. Emergency: All offices serve as emergency communications points.  Please notify the nearest WTC staff member should you become aware of the need for assistance of any type.  Campus phone: Dial 911.
    3. Bad weather policy: In the event of classes being dismissed for inclement weather, holiday, national disaster, or other unavoidable circumstance, the instructor will be responsible for notifying the students as to what the make-up requirements will be.  Sufficient work will be documented to offset the number of hours missed.  This notification of required make-up work will be given to students within one week upon resuming classes.
    4. ADA Statement: Western Texas College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities.  The college counselors have been designated to coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in section 35.107 of the Department of Justice regulations.  Information concerning the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the rights provided there under, are available from the college counselors.
    5. Special assistance:  If, as a result of a disability, a student needs special assistance to participate in a class, the counselor is to be notified immediately so that the prescribed process can be initiated.
    6. Affirmative action:  Western Texas College is an equal opportunity institution and is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    1. Weekly course schedule:
Week 1 Intro/Classification
Week 2 Morphology/Anatomy
Week 3 Exam #1/Odonata
Week 4 Lepidoptera/Diptera
Week 5 Exam #2/Library research
Week 6 Coleoptera/Homoptera/Hemiptera
Week 7 Exam #3/Orthoptera
Week 8 Hymenoptera/Neuroptera & Dictyoptera
Week 9 Exam #4/1st Insects Due
Week 10 Plant Pests/Plant Pathogens
Week 11 Exam #5/2nd Insects Due
Week 12 Pest and Weed Control/Pathogen Control
Week 13 Exam #6
Week 14 Final Insects Due/Library Research Presentations
Week 15 Review for Final 
Week 16 Final Exam

             Disclaimer:  The above schedule, policies, procedures and assignments in this course are subject to change.




Last Modified: May 20, 2013