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Course Description

Crop-duster spraying pesticides on a field

This course examines the role and use of pesticides by various facets of society and the effect of these pesticides on biological activities in the environment. Preparation of a research proposal is required for the course.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learners should be able to:

  1. Explore important historical, current and possible future applications of pesticides and the benefits and drawbacks of their use;
  2. List various methods of classifying pesticides based on characteristics such as target pest and mode of action;
  3. Explain chemical, physical and biological properties of pesticides that are important for predicting their fate and impact in the environment;
  4. Collaboratively formulate an objective research proposal that would help resolve a current pesticide-related issue of concern;
  5. Recognize the role of risk assessment and regulation in monitoring and managing existing and emerging pesticide-related concerns; and
  6. Extrapolate from the principles learned in this course to a broader range of environmental issues.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to pesticides in the environment
  • History of pesticide use
  • Pesticide classifications
  • Target & non-target effects
  • Identifying bias
  • Neonicotinoid research
  • Toxicology
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Science communication
  • Risk
  • Regulation

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): [BIOL*1040 or (2 of BIOL*1050, BIOL*1070, BIOL*1080, BIOL*1090)], CHEM*1040

Equate(s): ENVB*3030


Assessment Item Weight
Quizzes (Best 8 of 10) 40%
Activity Logs (3 x 10%) 30%
Draft Research Proposal 10%
Final Research Proposal 20%
Total 100%

*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Pesticides and the Environment
September 05, 2019 to November 29, 2019
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,504.99 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

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Section Materials
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Pesticides and the Environment by G.R. Stephenson and K.R. Solomon © 2007 Canadian Network of Toxicology Centres Press ISBN 9780980884708
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