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Insect Ecology and Behaviour KLA611


This unit is classed as a restricted unit and available to Master of Applied Science students.


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
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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 KLA611
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
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to apply a well-developed conceptual understanding of entomology to identify and critically evaluate central issues in entomology
  • Demonstrate academic skills in research, analysis & synthesis of information and develop an advanced understanding of the standard scientific method and its application in practice
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,922.00

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AssessmentFinal Exam (45%)|Assignment (5%)|Critique (10%)|Assignment (5%)|Assignment (25%)|Presentation (10%)|Critique
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