ZOOL528 Techniques in Insect Biology

Updated: 06 August 2020
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2020
Intensive School(s)

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

Start Finish Attendance Notes
Mandatory Both on campus and online students must attend the Mandatory Intensive School.
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
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 - Techniques in Insect Biology
Coordinator(s) Nigel Andrew (nandrew@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Techniques in Insect Biology is a hands-on practical unit designed to identify key laboratory and field skills in insect collection, surveys and experimentation. The unit will cover practical aspects of insect ecology, physiology, behaviour, biodiversity, and interactions from genes to ecosystems. Readings will be focusing on understanding how to carry out insect-biology-based research, and interpret relevant scientific literature related to techniques used in insect biology. Student outcomes will include an understanding and a practical knowledge of using key laboratory and field techniques required for working with insects; an understanding of how to analyse and interpret this data, and methods used to find and interpret literature associated with the techniques used. The unit will be highly hands-on, and requires animal experimentation and dissection during the mandatory intensive school.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a superior understanding of key laboratory techniques used in insect biology;
  2. demonstrate a superior understanding of key field techniques used in insect biology;
  3. critically analyse and interpret scientific research in this field;
  4. develop teamwork skills to carry out a range of rapid biodiversity assessments (e.g. a Bioblitz); and
  5. demonstrate superior knowledge of learning of key skills through the development of a learning portfolio.