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ENT (Entomology)
425
009065
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
General Entomology
General Entomology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Entomology & Plant Pathology (11ENT)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2017
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)
Distance Education (DELTA)
Hybrid (Online/Face to Face)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Laboratory3.0
Lecture2.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
David Orr
Associate Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture4040NoN/A
Laboratory4020Yes2 laboratory sections
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Delivery FormatPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
LLB4040NoN/A
Prerequisite: BIO 181 or BIO 140 or BIO 350
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
This course explores the science of entomology by focusing on the basic principles of systematics, morphology, physiology, development, behavior, ecology, and management of insects. Field trips provide opportunities to collect insects and study their adaptations to a wide variety of natural environments.

GEP Review


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
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:
 
 
Student outcomes for Objective 1
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to use the methods and processes of science to:

-Identify insects to the order and family level. Identification of insects through the use of dichotomous keys can be viewed as a series of hypothesis tests and decisions that ultimately lead to solving the problem of taxonomic identity of a specimen.

-solve problems that lead to understanding of how morphological characteristics and physiological traits result in specific insect ecological associations.
 
 
Students will be presented material related to these objective in lecture and lab, and it will be reinforced with homework assignments as well as classroom discussion and group learning exercises. Assessment of these learning outcomes will be done with:

1. Performance on the Lab Exercises throughout the semester. These test student ability at identification as well as key characteristics that led them to that determination.
2. Performance on the Insect Collection assignment. This assignment require a fairly extensive collection representative of many common taxonomic groups of insects, and their accurate identification. It also requires students to provide ecological information about each specimen.
3. Performance on the Lab Practical Exam that presents unknown specimens, and requires students to state the taxonomic grouping as well as characters that led them to that conclusion.
 
 
Student outcomes for Objective 2
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
-Describe scientific concepts, principles, laws, and theories related to insect morphology, systematics, development, classification, ecology, and management

-recognize and describe insect physiological systems and relate these to insect ecological success as well as problems encountered in their management

-Solve problems related to relationships between environment, development, structure, function, ecology and management (e.g. why do locust swarms develop? How and why is locust flight so efficient? In comparison, why is bumblebee flight so inefficient?)

Explain how specific insect adaptations have led to insect ecological success (e.g. "how can the skinny legs of a grasshopper make it one of the best jumpers in nature?" "How can a cicada sing as loudly as it does, and do so without losing its own hearing?")

-use ecological understanding to make decisions about the best approaches to management of insect populations.
 
 
Students will be presented material related to these objective in lecture and lab, and it will be reinforced with homework assignments as well as classroom discussion and group learning exercises. Assessment of these learning outcomes will be done with:

1. Performance on weekly quizzes.
2. Performance on homework assignments.
3. Specifically targeted questions on exams. For example, students will be asked to identify several general antenna types, and describe the function that each may be most suited to. As another example, students may be presented with the scenario of swarming locusts, and will be expected to describe how specific environmental conditions affect the development and ultimate structure of adult locusts, and in turn how the altered structure will affect locust ecology. Another example would be to explain the use of degree days to determine best timing for deployment of semiochemicals and/or sampling methods that lead to optimal pest management activities.
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:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

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
100
 
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.
 
Prerequisite: BIO 181 or BIO 140 or BIO 350
 
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)
 
A course in general biology
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.
 

This will not affect my course workload since it is a regular part of my workload.

The goal of this course is to provide students an overview of the identification, biology, ecology, and management of insects - the most abundant and diverse form of animal life on the planet.


Student Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this course, students should be able to:


•    List at least five ways in which insects are beneficial to the planet


•    Discuss the need for good management practices


•    State the classification, biology, ecology, behavior, and control of insects


•    Identify major orders and families of insects


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Quizzes10Quizzes covering each weeks course material are offered on the Moodle site.
Homework5Homework assignments submitted through Moodle to enhance students understanding of key portions of the course material.
Lab assignments10Exercises that evaluate student understanding of the main points students are expected to learn in lab.
Quiz5Insect Orders Graded Quiz: Evaluates student capability to identify insects to the order level.
Exam10Lab Practical Exam: Evaluates student ability to identify specimens to the order and family level.
Other25Insect Collection: Students are required to collect, preserve, and identify insects in a collection using equipment and supplies loaned to them for a semester.
Multiple exams24Three midterm exams worth 8 points each to evaluate student understanding of material covered in the first 3 of 4 sections of the lecture portion of the course.
Final Exam11The final example is comprehensive, but has main focus on the final section of the lecture portion of the course.

aeherget (Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:52:10 GMT): AECHH: Uploading updated syllabus at instructor's request via email Aug 8, 2017.
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