Course Syllabus – Approved Format
Northern Arizona University- Yuma; Department of Arts and Sciences
BSC 322, Entomology
Fall or Spring
3hrs. Lecture, 3hrs. Lab, 4 credit hours
Dr. Francisco Villa
Science and Research building, Office 112
Office hours: Monday/Wednesday 8:00am to 9:00am and 4:00pm to 5:00pm
BIO 181 and BIO 182
Classification, identification, ecology, evolution, physiology, conservation, and economic importance of insects.
Student Learning Expectations/Outcomes for this Course
Upon satisfactory completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Describe the basic biology of insects
Describe key contemporary topics of concern
Describe insect form and function, identification, population structure, coexistence of species, and reproductive biology.
Collect insects and compare habitats in which they live, their lifestyles, overwintering strategies, and other aspects of insect life.
Participate in team research by hypothesis development and testing, data analysis and graphical display, and scientific report writing.
The course may involve one or more of the following approaches: lecture and discussion; application exercises; scheduled activities; case analysis; team projects; field trips, speakers with relevant expertise, and/or other activities as appropriate to achieve learning outcomes.
Textbook and required materials: Student learning is facilitated with textbooks, readings, audio-visual content, software, and/or other materials
Recommended optional materials/references (attach reading list): None
Week 1: Introduction to Insects and Their Ways
Week 2: Anatomy, Physiology, and Development of Insects
Week 3: Systematics, Nomenclature, and Identification
Week 4: Behavior and Ecology
Week 5: Phylum Arthropoda
Week 6: Hexapoda and Apterygote Insects
Week 7: Odonata and Orthoptera Orders
Week 8: Phasmatodea and Grylloblattodea Orders
Week 9: Mantophasmatodea and Dermaptera Orders
Week 10: Isoptera and Mantodea Orders
Week 11: Blattodea and Hemiptera Orders
Week 12: Coleoptera and Neuroptera Orders
Week 13: Hymenoptera and Trichoptera Orders
Week 14: Lepidoptera and Siphonaptera Orders
Week 15: Mecoptera and Strepsiptera Orders
Week 16: Collecting, Preserving, and Studying Insects
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
Methods of Assessment: In-class exams, homework, lab reports, in-class activities, research paper, and/or presentations as determined by student.
Timeline for Assessment: Over the course of the semester
Letter grades for the course will be determined based on the percentage of the total points as follows:
90-100% A Excellent
80-89% B Good
70-79% C Average
60-69% D Lowest passing
<60% F Failure
No make-up exams or re-tests except for what the instructor may deem as extenuating circumstances.
Under NAU Policy, students are expected to attend every session of the class in which they are enrolled.
Statement on plagiarism and cheating:
Please refer to the NAU Student Handbook policy statement on Academic Integrity. Academic honesty does not allow "plagiarism — knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own" (2005, Undergraduate General Academic and Graduation Policies).
If your instructor determines that you are guilty of plagiarism he deserves the right to give you a zero on the alleged assignment up to failing the course in question. All incidents regardless will be reported to the university.
Attach the Safe Working and Learning Environment, Students with Disabilities, Institutional Review Board, and Academic Integrity policies or reference them on the syllabus. See the following document for policy statements: http://www4.nau.edu/avpaa/UCCPolicy/plcystmt.html.
Your instructor reserves the right to make any changes to the course policies, schedule, or any other aspect of the class as he sees fit.