Module Catalogue 2016/17

BIO2006 : Entomology

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Claire Rind
  • Owning School: Biology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



To give students an understanding of the nature of insects such that they are in a position to appreciate the effects of either conservation or control methods and the likelihood of their success.

Outline Of Syllabus

More than 75% of multicellular species are insects. This module is designed to give an understanding of the biology and ecology of the insects in order to prepare students for working with them later in their degree programmes and after.

The insects: morphology, metamorphosis, classification, food and feeding, respiratory and circulatory physiology, nervous and hormonal control, polymorphism, sociality, insects and man. The practical exercises demonstrate features of the ecology, structure and behaviour of insects.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the course students should have a good knowledge of the structure and function of insects, their diversity, and biology.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Improved techniques for working with insects in observational and experimental systems. Understanding and improved ability in reporting practical tasks, and data handling.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Numeracy : Assessed
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Present
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Present
  • Self Management
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Problem Solving : Present
      • Adaptability : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Present
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Negotiation : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:306:00Revision for final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading201:0020:00Completion of post-lecture directed reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical43:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study121:0012:00Lecture follow up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study136:3036:30Study of lectures, ReCap, Blackboard etc.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures provide a conceptual framework for understanding the structure and function of insects. The practicals show how observational and experimental investigations can be done with insects, how such investigations should be reported and illustrate the approaches to accumulating information and presenting it.

There are four laboratory sessions teaching practical entomological skills, the gathering and analysis of data, interpretation of results and report writing. Each lab has an assessed write-up worth 10% of the module marks.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M40Practicals (4 x 10%)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exams tests recall and grasp of the concepts introduced during the lectures and comprises a 1.5 hour exam with candidates required to "write short notes on" plus write an essay on one of three prepared topic.

The four lab pracs test the students ability to gather and analyse information, interpret results and report writing skills.

Study Abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the format of the paper may differ from that shown in the MOF. Study Abroad students should contact the school to discuss this.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2016/17 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2017/18 entry will be published here in early-April 2017. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.