Insect Taxonomy and Systematics (ENTO4004)
UNIT OF STUDY
Knowledge of the evolutionary relationships between insect groups contributes to our understanding of insect biology and correct taxonomic identification of insects is essential for all areas of entomological research, including pest management. This unit builds on the knowledge gained in second year entomology (BScAgr and BHortSc) and is a core unit for the entomology specialty (BScAgr). Key concepts that underpin the study of insect systematics, biogeography and phylogeny are described using examples from the evolutionary development of insects. The role of morphological, genetic and molecular studies in the classification of insects is examined. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of insect taxonomy through individual projects and assess the impact of evolutionary relationships among insect groups on modern agriculture. Research, inquiry and information literacy skills will be improved through a museum project and a self-directed insect collection. Students will practice their communication skills and develop personal and intellectual autonomy through in-class discussion of current literature.
Our courses that offer this unit of study
- Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Nursing
- Bachelor of Medical Science
- Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine
- Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics)
- Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
- Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and Doctor of Dental Medicine
- Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and Doctor of Medicine
- Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Bachelor of Science in Agriculture
Further unit of study information
(1 x 2hr lecture, 1 x 3hr practical)/week, commencing week 1.
1 x 2hr exam (40%), 1x museum project (25%), 1 x insect collection (25%), 1 x class participation (10%).
Upton MS and Mantle BL, 2010. Methods for collecting, preserving and studying insects and other terrestrial arthropods, 5th edition. The Australian Entomological Society, Miscellaneous Publication No. 3.
Recommended: Naumann, I 1993. CSIRO Handbook of Australian Insect Names. 6th edition, CSIRO Entomology, Melbourne, VIC. 200 pp.
Triplehorn, CA & Johnson, NF 2005. Borror and DeLong's introduction to the study of insects. 7th edition, Thomson Brooks/Cole, Belmont, CA, 864 pp.
Faculty/department permission required?
Unit of study rules
Prerequisites and assumed knowledge
ENTO2001 or BIOL2021 or BIOL2921
Study this unit outside a degree
If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.
If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.