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Module

BIO2037 : Insect and arthropod biology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Giles Budge
  • Lecturer: Dr Mark Shirley, Dr Neil Audsley, Dr Maureen Wakefield
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To give students an understanding of the biology of arthropods, in particular insects. Students will be able to appreciate the effects of conservation and control of key species, with a focus on insects.

Outline Of Syllabus

Arthropods represent the majority of multicellular species on Earth. This module majors on providing an understanding of the biology and ecology of insects, but also covers other arthropods including arachnids and crustaceans. Teaching will provide the foundation necessary to enable students to work with arthropods later in their degree programmes and beyond.

Content includes: morphology, metamorphosis, classification, food and feeding, respiratory and circulatory physiology, nervous and hormonal control, polymorphism, sociality, insects and man.

The practical exercises emphasise features of the ecology, structure and behaviour of insects, whilst enhancing essential skills in data recording and scientific report writing.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials310:3015:30Core lecture content~25 mins each
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Refreshing content for quizzes
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Completing report for practical 1 and 2
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Main assessment: 3/5 short answer Qs in 1 week
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities30:301:30Introductions to practicals
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical22:004:00Two practicals worth 20% each run synchonous no PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00Workshops to reinforce key principles
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery91:009:00Drop-in/Surgery
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study177:0077:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Introductory / orientation lecture to get students familiar with format and delivery of module.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching material provides a conceptual framework for understanding the structure and function of arthropods. Practical session 1 show how observational and experimental investigations can be completed and how investigations should be reported. Practical 2 improves skills in documenting and reporting adaptations in insects.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M20N/A
Practical/lab report1M20Practical/lab report 2
Written exercise1M60This will require the students to answer 3 of 5 short answer questions (~500 words) questions on selected topics from the module.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report1MFeedback provided before summative assessed practical report.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module is assessed in three ways: 1) A practical report of the first practical session (20%); a short write up from the second practical (20%); and three short answer (500 word) questions on the concepts introduced during the lectures to be completed over 1 week (60%).

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