BI 490 Advanced Topics in Biology: Entomology
SP 2012 HO
Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Lab Coordinator; CHO
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Science Hall 003B
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January 16 to May 4, 2012
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1:30 - 2:45 PM: 2:25 -5:15
Textbook: The Text for this course is: Triplehorn and Johnson Borror and Delong's Introduction to the Study of Insects 7th Ed.ISBN-10
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Additional Resources: Students may find Borror and White's Field guide to the insects of value in identification.
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Insects are by far the most diverse and (with the possible exception of
bacteria and nematodes) are the most numerous organisms on Earth. They have
profound, though often unnoticed, effects on our own lives. In this course
students will learn basics of insect structure and function, and the importance
of insects in both natural and man-made ecosystems. Emphasis is placed on the
various orders and major families of insects and their varied solutions to evolutionary
The instructor’s educational philosophy is based on inquiry and
constructivism utilizing lectures, discussions, readings,
laboratory investigations, quizzes,
examinations, videos, internet, dissection, using identification keys, observation both in lab and in the field, compilation of an insect collection
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Students will be expected to complete an insect collection (properly labeled
and preserved) which will contribute 25% to the final grade.
A -- 90.0% to 100
B -- 80.0% to 89.9%
C -- 70.0% to 79.9%
D -- 60.0% to 69.9%
F -- Below 60.0%
Grading: Lecture grade will consist of:
3 one hour exams and a final
7 journal article summaries dealing with some aspect of entomology
Lab grade will consist of:
Participation points, two lab practicals
Insect collection grade will be based on:
Having a minimum of 17 orders and 60 families. Bonus points may be earned with 5 points per order and 2 points per extra family.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late assignments will not be accepted.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Students are expected to be in class on time. They are expected to be respectful and attentive. Cell phones should either be turned off or on silent or vibrate when class is in session.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Exam 1--Cha 1 through 5, 35 Feb 8 First lecture/Lab will be 1/17 see you then.
Exam 2--Cha 6- 14 Mar 7
Exam 3--Cha 15- 26 Apr 4
Final Cha 27-34
Collection Due-- April 30
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