Agrichemicals and the Environment

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Agrichemicals and the Environment

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Agriculture, Chemistry, Environmental Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    NOTE: THIS IS A 7-week MODULE, AND IS ONLY SUITABLE FOR STUDENTS WHO CAN SIT AN END OF COURSE EXAM SCHEDULED IN SPRING (Mid-MARCH).

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    5
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3
  • Overview

    This module provides an introduction to the use of agrichemicals for the control of pest, disease and weed problems in agricultural systems. Specific attention will be given to the use of: insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, preventative and therapeutic livestock products. The module stresses the environmental consequences of over-reliance on such inputs, procedures to regulate use and developments to integrate such use into environmentally sustainable production systems. Topics include the types, properties and modes of action of the products used, their formulation and methods of application. The module will stress the ecological problems and environmental hazards associated with use, including target resistance, food residues, non-target impacts, generation of secondary problems and accumulation in the wider environment. A brief overview of alternative, non-chemical control strategies - cultural, physical and biological - will also be given and the principles and concepts of the Integrated Management of crop and livestock production systems will be introduced. Places on this module are limited (50) due to constraints in relation to student project supervision. NOTE: THIS MODULE IS TAUGHT OVER 7-WEEKS AND THE TIMETABLED WRITTEN EXAMINATION HELD AT THE SPRING BREAK IN MARCH.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.