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ENT (Entomology)
201
009050
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Insects and People
Insects and People
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Entomology & Plant Pathology (11ENT)
Term Offering
Fall, Spring and Summer
Offered Every Year
Spring 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)
Distance Education (DELTA)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Clyde Sorenson
Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
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Lecture135135NoNone.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
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LEC8080NoNone.

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
An introduction to the fascinating world of insects and how they interact with people. Included is a brief survey of insect history, diversity, structure and function, and behavior. This is followed by examples of beneficial and harmful insects in a variety of human activities including some sampling of the profound impacts insects have had on history, society and culture.

The Department of Entomology is not making changes to ENT 201, but is proposing to add it to the GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives list.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Natural Sciences
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
GEP Outcome: Upon completion of this course, students will have acquired hands-on experience with the scientific method. They will understand how the scientific method has been used to establish the diverse impacts insects have on human health and wellbeing.
 
 
Means of Evaluation: Each student will be required to conduct a multi-week experiment with live insects (also known as “bug in a cup”), and to produce a research journal of the project, which will be graded. Students will be expected to establish a hypothesis, test that hypothesis over the course of the experiment, and then evaluate that hypothesis in light of the data they collect. They will conduct and/or observe additional experiments in the classroom.
 
 
Upon completion of this course, students will apply their knowledge of insect structure, function, and life histories to analyze the roles of insects in human disease, nutrition, and agriculture.
 
 
This outcome will be evaluated using questions on exams.
Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to describe how insects have affected human history and the history of science. They will understand the evolutionary history of insects and the history of our attempts to understand and describe the phenomenal diversity of these animals. They will also be able to differentiate between how insects are portrayed and depicted in popular culture (including written word, visual, graphic, and performing arts) versus the scientific understanding of their behavior, ecology, and impact on human society.
 
 
Students will be asked to study a suite of historical readings pertinent to different units in the course. Students will be asked questions on exams about the historical and other relationships outlined above. In addition, they will be asked to compile an “insect collection” consisting of all the insect-related artifacts they encounter over the course of the semester, and to put these artifacts in to cultural context based on our in-class lectures and discussions.
 
 
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to describe the influence of insects on various forms of human cultural expression, including poetry and literature. They will also be able to identify connections between human history and insect biology and natural history.
 
 
This objective will be assessed through exam questions and through the insect collection project previously described. Students also participate in an insect poetry contest that encourages exploration of insects in poetry and the creation of original poetry about insects.
 
 
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain how insects have influenced the historical trajectories of human civilizations through their impacts on human health (e.g. the effects of significant insect-vectored diseases like malaria and plague), roles in agriculture, and their utility as sources of human food.
 
 
Student mastery of these concepts will be assessed through examination questions and an evaluation of their semester project (the insect “collection”).
 
 
The disciplines connected in this course include entomology, history, and visual and performing arts.
 
 
This course is a lecture-based course, but we integrate diverse media, including sound files, film, and brief readings, and numerous group activities (discussion prompts and hands-on experiments) to increase comprehension, interaction between students, critical thinking, and student engagement.
Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
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a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
N/A
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
N/A
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
N/A
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
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Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 

 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 

 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 

ENT 201 has been taught on a regular basis by the instructor for several years. No new resources (departmental or instructor time) are required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:


-describe the differences among animals in the Phylum Arthropoda;


-list the internal and external characteristics of Class Insecta; describe the metamorphosis of insects;


-identify insects in the major Orders;


-give examples of mating, communication and behavior among insects;


-discuss the characteristics of social insects; describe the products and services provided by insects;


-identify major diseases transmitted by insects and ticks and be able to describe the impacts of these diseases on the historical trajectory of the human species and civilization;


-describe the damage caused by insects in agriculture and in the urban environment, their effects on the history of agriculture, and the important roles beneficial insects have in pest management;


-define the different types of controls used to manage insect pests and describe the history of pest management;


-list some of the many impacts insects have had on history, culture, music, literature, and almost all other human endeavors. 


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Exam240pts (24%)Exam 1
Exam260pts (26%)Exam 2
Final Exam300pts (30%)Final Exam
Project120pts (12%)"Insect Collection" - Bug Scrapbook
Project50pts (5%)Bu-In-Dish Experiment and Journal
Short Paper30pts (3%)Bug Identification Report
I have attached an updated readings list after consultation with Will Kimler.
msashwel (Fri, 04 Mar 2016 20:20:57 GMT): Rollback: Revisions needed
svhoward (Mon, 16 May 2016 13:51:27 GMT): Rollback: Rollback at instructor request
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