BIO2006 : Entomology

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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.

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 study136:3036:30Study of lectures, ReCap, Blackboard etc.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study121:0012:00Lecture follow up
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.

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.

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