BI2EX5-Introduction to Entomology

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Paul Hatcher


Summary module description:

To provide students with an introduction to entomology, suitable for those studying applied ecology (crop pests and conservation) and zoology (structure and function of insects). There will be an emphasis on identifying insects to family level and understanding their lifecycles.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be
•able to describe the morphology, physiology and evolution of insects and be able to relate this to aspects of crop protection and insect conservation
•able to describe the key features of the major Orders insects in the UK
•able to identify accurately some insects to Family level using simple keys

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
Week 1:What is an insect? Insect morphology, origins of insects
Week 2:Insect growth and development, life cycles, insect classification
Week 3:Early insects and the Polyneoptera
Week 4:Paraneoptera: Hemiptera
Week 5:Thysanoptera and Lepidoptera
Week 6:Hymenoptera and Diptera
Week 7:Coleoptera
Week 8:Predatory and parasitic insects – biological control
Week 9:Social insects
Week 10:Practical test

The practical content includes
Demonstrations of insects, specimens to identify, simple insect structure, some simple dissections

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be two 40-minute lectures (divided by a short break) each week, followed by laboratory work of about 2 hours. Practicals will reinforce and enhance material presented in the lectures and will consist of demonstrations of specimens, short dissections or investigations on essential aspects of insect morphology (e.g. mouthparts) and the identification of specimens using keys. Students will be expected to take notes and draw aspects of the presented material guided by a series of structured questions provided for each practical.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Practicals classes and workshops 19.5
Guided independent study 62.5
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Class test administered by School 40

Other information on summative assessment:
Practical test (open book) on insect identification, week 10, 90 minutes

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    1.5 hrs

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August / September

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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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