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.
By the end of the course, the learners should be able to:
- To gain a perspective of the historical and current applications of pesticides and the benefits and drawbacks of their use.
- To be able to describe methods of classifying pesticides based on characteristics including use and mode of action.
- To be able to understand important chemical, physical and biological properties of pesticides that are important for predicting their fate and impact in the environment.
- To gain experience in formulating objective research questions to address current pesticide-related questions.
- To gain an understanding of the role of risk assessment in monitoring and managing existing and emerging concerns with pesticides.
- To be aware of regulations governing the use of pesticides locally and internationally.
- To be able to extrapolate from the principles learned in this course to a broader range of environmental issues.
- Introduction, pesticide risks and benefits
- Pesticide discovery
- Pesticide uses, formulations and applications
- Pesticide uptake, movement and metabolism in target organisms
- Pesticide movement and fate in the environment
- Pesticide toxicity, risk assessment
- Pesticide resistance/integrated pest management
- Pesticide residues in food/human health risk assessment of pesticides
- Pesticide regulations (focus on Canadian perspective)
Prerequisite(s): [BIOL*1040 or (2 of BIOL*1050, BIOL*1070, BIOL*1080, BIOL*1090)], CHEM*1040
|Assessment Item||Weight||Learning Outcomes|
|Research Proposal – Self Enrollment||2%||4|
|Quizzes||14%||1, 4, 5|
|Midterm 1||22%||1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7|
|Midterm 2||22%||1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7|
|Research Proposal Part 1||20%||3, 4, 5, 7|
|Research Proposal Part 2||20%||3, 4, 5, 7|
*Course details are subject to change.