LSC-30003 - Applied Insect Ecology
Coordinator: William Dj Kirk Room: Hux106 Tel: +44 1782 7 33517
Lecture Time: See Timetable...
Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734414

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






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Description for 2020/21

Insects are fascinating because of their enormous diversity of forms and lifestyles. There are more species of insect than of all other animals and plants put together. As a result of this combination of diversity and abundance, they affect us in many ways. For example, honeybees pollinate our crops and produce honey, silkworms produce silk, mosquitoes spread malaria and kill millions of people, much of our crop production is destroyed by insects, and outbreaks of locusts destroy entire crops and can cause starvation. A knowledge of insect ecology has applied uses in many fields, e.g. agriculture, horticulture, forensics, veterinary science, medicine, parasitology, environmental management and conservation. The module covers: insect diversity, flight, mate finding, sex pheromones, migration, oviposition, parasitoids, herbivores, fluid feeders, disease vectors, pollinators, bees and insect pest management.

To provide ecological knowledge, understanding and skills needed by an applied entomologist.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Recall, describe, illustrate with detailed examples, communicate accurately and effectively, evaluate and apply the main ecological principles in applied entomology: 2
Synthesise, explain, communicate accurately and effectively and evaluate information about the biology, ecology and pest status of species of insect: 1,2
Identify an adult insect to the level of order and specify appropriate keys for the identification to the level of family and species: 1
Recall, describe, illustrate with detailed examples, communicate accurately and effectively and evaluate the methods used to manage insect pests: 1

Study hours

18 Hours lectures
03 Hours practical
05 Hours tutorials
01 Hours formative assessment
02 Hours summative assessment
30 Hours report preparation
91 Hours private study

School Rules

Successful completion of Level 5 Biology or Environmental Science or Environment and Sustainability. LSC-10062 Biodiversity, Ecology and the Environment is recommended but not required.

Description of Module Assessment

1: Report weighted 30%
Report- 2500 words
The report will provide practical information of applied relevance about one species of insect that is chosen by the student from a list.

2: Open Book Examination weighted 70%
Online open book exam
The paper will be released on KLE as a Word document at 9am on the morning of the exam. This exam will consist of two essays from a choice of five. Students should answer each question using Word, clearly labelling each question as they provide their answers. Work will be submitted to Turnitin no later than 5pm on the day of release. International students will be asked to notify the School if they need an extension due to different time zones. Although students have been given significant time to complete this exam script, we expect most students to spend no more than 2 hrs. Answers should be as accurate and concise as possible. For essay-based questions, typical answers would be in the range of 500-750 words per question. We recommend that students do not exceed 750 words per essay-based question as we will be assessing the quality of your answer, not the quantity.