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BIOL2017 - Entomology
Faculty of Science - 6 credit points
HECS Band six
Domestic Fee: $3,900
International Fee: $4,500
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Biological Sciences
Offered session(s): 2
Assumed knowledge: Although not a prerequisite, knowledge obtained from BIOL (2011 or 2911) is recommended.
Prerequisites: BIOL (1001 or 1911) and 6 additional credit points of Junior Biology (BIOL/MBLG/EDUH)
Prohibitions: BIOL2917
Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Dieter Hochuli

Classes: 2x1 hr lectures/week, 1x3 hr practical/week, 2 x field trips during semester.

Assessment: 1x2 hr theory exam (50%), practical test (week 6) (5%), report on zoo trip (5%), 2x practical reports(25%), insect collection (15%).

Practical work: The practical classes give students a working knowledge of the major orders of insects and species of importance, as well as principles of collection, preservation and identification. Project work considers forensic entomology, learning in social insects and insect behaviour. Field trips to the Australian Museum and Taronga Zoo will also consider insect husbandry and the role of insects in education. There will also be an introduction to entomological databases and an assignment that involves the making and presentation of a small collection of insects.

This is a general but comprehensive introduction to Insect Biology taught in 3 integrated modules. The first module examines morphology, classification, life histories and development, physiology, ecology, behaviour, conservation, and the biology of prominent members of major groups. The other two modules examine new developments in entomological research, focusing on research strengths at the University of Sydney, the biology of social insects and insect behaviour.
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