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

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






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Description for 2022/23

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

Study hours

18 Hours lecture discussion sessions
09 Hours tutorials
18 Hours asynchronous lectures
74 Hours independent study
01 Hours formative assessment
15 Hours review preparation
15 Hours report preparation

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: Literature Review weighted 50%
Literature review - 2000 words
A 2,000-word literature review requiring critical evaluation of a topic relevant to many aspects of the module.

2: Report weighted 50%
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.