ZOOL528 Insect-Plant Interactions

Updated: 18 July 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
05 November 2019 08 November 2019 Mandatory Both on campus and online students must attend the Mandatory Intensive School.
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ZOOL328

This unit requires statistical interpretations of data. Please make sure you have a good understanding of statistics, and can use R. If not you should also enrol in STAT100 or equivalent unit.

Combined Units ZOOL328 - Insect-Plant Interactions
Coordinator(s) Nigel Andrew (nandrew@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Insect-Plant Interactions will explore how insects interact with their environment, and their successful adaptation to many terrestrial ecosystems. Lectures and readings will explore the influence of evolution, plant traits and environment on insect behaviour, development and diversity. Interactions covered will include herbivory, pollination, predation, parasitism and competition among others. Applied issues to be explored include insect roles in ecosystem services, pest management, conservation and assessing impacts of climate change. Student outcomes will include an advanced understanding of the role insects play in ecosystems, grant writing skills, as well as laboratory and field experience.

Students should note that this unit requires animal experimentation and/or dissection during some mandatory practical classes.

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Grant Proposal 30% 2250
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Practical Report 1-3 20% 1500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Practical Report 4-6 20% 1500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 30% 2250
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. communicate their theoretical and practical understanding of how insects interact with their environment in order to demonstrate an advanced and integrated knowledge of the subject;
  2. analyse critically and reflect on the importance of evolution of both insects and plants in structuring current insect plant relationships;
  3. implement appropriate methodologies for studying insect-plant relationships; which will demonstrate the ability to research and apply established theories to a body of knowledge or practice;
  4. critically analyse and reflect on scientific research in this field: and
  5. demonstrate professional research and report writing skills and develop realistic large scale research proposals and budgets and identify strengths and weaknesses, in particular strategies and formulate sound recommendations, which will also demonstrate the ability to work autonomously using expert judgment.