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Insect Ecology and Behaviour KLA314



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
Unit code KLA314
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Associate Professor Geoff Allen
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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Learning Outcomes

  • 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
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Teaching Pattern

26 lectures, 13 lab classes/tutorial/field trips

AssessmentExamination (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%)
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