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:
- Explore important historical, current and possible future applications of pesticides and the benefits and drawbacks of their use;
- List various methods of classifying pesticides based on characteristics such as target pest and mode of action;
- Explain chemical, physical and biological properties of pesticides that are important for predicting their fate and impact in the environment;
- Collaboratively formulate an objective research proposal that would help resolve a current pesticide-related issue of concern;
- Recognize the role of risk assessment and regulation in monitoring and managing existing and emerging pesticide-related concerns; and
- Extrapolate from the principles learned in this course to a broader range of environmental issues.
- Introduction to pesticides in the environment
- History of pesticide use
- Pesticide classifications
- Target & non-target effects
- Identifying bias
- Neonicotinoid research
- Science communication
Prerequisite(s): [BIOL*1040 or (2 of BIOL*1050, BIOL*1070, BIOL*1080, BIOL*1090)], CHEM*1040
|Quizzes (Best 8 of 10)||40%|
|Activity Logs (3 x 10%)||30%|
|Draft Research Proposal||10%|
|Final Research Proposal||20%|
*Course details are subject to change.