BI490 Advanced Topics in Biology:

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BI 490 Advanced Topics in Biology: Entomology


SP 2012 HO


Yates, David


Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Lab Coordinator; CHO


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Office Location

Science Hall 003B

Office Hours

M,T,W,; 8:30 - !0:30 AM; R,F 1:30 - 3:00 PM: I also maintain an OPEN OFFICE POLICY.  If my office is open i am available to students.

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Semester Dates

January 16 to May 4, 2012

Class Days

-M-W---  Lecture:   Lab; T

Class Time

1:30 - 2:45 PM:  2:25 -5:15



Credit Hours


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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Course Description:
BI490 Advanced Topics in Biology: Selected topics in biology. Topics left to the discretion of the instructor and the students. Plant taxonomy, histology, cellular physiology, advanced field ecology, entomology, etc. are possible topics. Laboratory work may be required. May be repeated for credit if topics differ. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Variable credit: 1-4 hours.

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 problems.

Educational Philosophy:

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

  1. Varies depending on topic (approved by the department)

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 1. Discuss basic concepts and current topics in entomology.
  2. 2. Recognize on sight all classes of arthropods and orders of insects present in the Parkville area.
  3. 3. Identify major insect families present in the Parkville area.
  4. 4. Be able to use keys and other identification aids.
  5. 5. Produce a properly labeled and preserved insect collection.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:


  • Lecture: 50%
  • Lab: 25%
  • Project: 25%


Students will be expected to complete an insect collection (properly labeled and preserved) which will contribute 25% to the final grade.

Grading Scale:

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%

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                                    

Lab Practicals-TBD

Collection Due-- April 30

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

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