Welcome to Insect Ecology & Behaviour. This unit is research focused in its content
and assessment. We will explore three key research areas in depth: these are insect
mating systems, insect natural enemies and insect-plant-interactions. In each of these
areas we will ask why and how insects locate mates and hosts, examine evidence for
and against current hypotheses and explore the application of this research to applied
areas such as sustainable pest management and pollination. We will also learn how to
predict insect responses to temperature and examine the underlying principles and
methodologies involved in toxicology and forensic entomology.
|Unit name||Insect Ecology and Behaviour|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
|Discipline||Agriculture and Food Systems|
|Coordinator||Associate Professor Geoff Allen|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Demonstrate knowledge of entomology to identify and evaluate central issues in entomology
- Use appropriate methods and knowledge in research, analysis & synthesis of information and develop a broad understanding of the standard scientific method and its application in practice
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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26 lectures, 13 lab classes/tutorial/field trips
|Assessment||Examination (50%)|Term Project (methods, seminar and report) (5%)|Term Project (methods, seminar and report) (5%)|Term Project (methods, seminar and report) (30%)|In-class paper critique discussion|Written Paper Critique (10%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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