|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
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.
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.
By the end of the course students should have a good knowledge of the structure and function of insects, their diversity, and biology.
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 Applicable:||Yes|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:30||1:30||Final exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||12||0:30||6:00||Revision for final exam|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||4||3:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||20||1:00||20:00||Completion of post-lecture directed reading|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||36:30||36:30||Study of lectures, ReCap, Blackboard etc.|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||12||1:00||12:00||Lecture follow up|
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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||90||1||A||60||Short notes (30%); Prepared topic essay (1 of 3; 30%)|
|Practical/lab report||1||M||40||Practicals (4 x 10%)|
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.
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