Entomology Curriculum Australia (ECA)
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The ECA is a series of undergraduate entomology subjects accessable to any person interested the study of entomology. The distance-based online subjects provide relevant, real world entomology education with the aim of preparing students for the entomological needs of Australia. ECA subjects can be taken as a part of a Bachelor Degree or independently. They are weighted at one quarter of a semester's full-time workload. The subjects available in 2013 are:
Semester 1, 2013
Insect Structure, Function and Physiology (BIOL 3238) - The University of Queensland
Insect Physiology explores the aspects of insect structure and function that are responsible for the success and biodiversity of insects. It emphasizes topics that are relevant to the importance of insects as pests and beneficial organisms and their roles as experimental model organisms. Many advances in our general knowledge of muscles, nerves, hormones, metabolism, sensory communication, development, and genetics have been spearheaded by research on insects. The individual topics cover the structure and function of the different organ systems, the physiology of the main systems and their importance to the global impact of insects. Examples of feature topics are covered in the course notes. The subject is a companion to 3rd level subjects that cover insect phylogenetics and evolution, applied entomology, the impacts of insects on human and animal health, insect ecology and integrated pest management. The subject is intended for remote delivery and includes a recorded introduction to each topic, backed up by DVD-based and web-based material.
Cross-Institutional Enrolment Information (for a student enrolled in a university OTHER than UQ to apply to enrol in a UQ subject) - ENROLMENT DEADLINE Feb 3rd
Non-award enrolment form (for a student wishing to take the subject without it contributing to a degree) - APPLICATION DEADLINE Jan 31st
Semester 1 BIOL 3238 enrolment questions contact:
The Faculty of Science, The University of Queensland P: (07) 3365 1888 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Semester 2, 2013
Insect-Plant Interactions (ZOOL328) - University of New England
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. Off-campus students have to attend the Intensive School 25-28 August 2013. On-campus students will attend practicals throughout the Trimester.
Invertebrate Pest Management (PSC201) - Charles Sturt University
The subject will cover the following topics:
Module 1, Pests and their biology - Properties of pestiferous arthropods. - Pest identification and its importance. - Applied population biology - Socioeconomic impacts of pests. Module 2 Pest management approaches - A brief history of pest management, control and biosecurity. - Pesticides (inc semiochemicals) - Biological control - Host plant resistance (inc transgenic crops) - Cultural control - Regulatory approaches (inc sterile insect technique) - Monitoring and thresholds in IPM - Planning and implementing IPM (including field scale tactics to area wide management) - Future of IPM (including barriers to and drivers for adoption, organic production, climate change)
This subject contains a compulsory 2 day residential school. Primary focus is practical skills in insect handling, preservation, identification etc. Some work on use of Pebble Pad and raising awareness of the student-centred approach taken in the subject.
SUMMER SEMESTER 2013-14
Insect Identification and Taxonomy (ENV BIOL3024) - The University of Adelaide
This course addresses the identification and classification of insects, the most species-rich component of terrestrial ecosystems. The course will cover the recognition of insects orders and the identification of specimens to family level using different types of keys and resources. A number of specific topics will be explored including: morphological and biological characteristics of the major insect orders; life histories of selected pest and beneficial species, sociality, sound production methods and functions, feeding mechanisms, adaptations and biology of vertebrate ectoparasites, insects as disease vectors of plants and animals, mimicry and defensive adaptations and parasitism. The course will be fully online.
More Information: Contact for all enquiries is John Jennings <email@example.com>
HOW TO ENROL IN ECA SUBJECTS
1) If you are already enrolled as a student at institution that is offering the subject you are interested in, you can enrol as per normal like you would with any other subject.
2) If you want to enrol in a subject that is not offered by your home institution, you will need to enrol via cross-institutional enrollment:
- Present the information about the subject(s) to the Faculty Office/Head of Program at your own institution and request permission to have your enrollment in ECA subjects count towards your degree.
- Complete the forms/process required to enable your institution to recognise your cross-institutional enrolment.
- Contact the institution(s) offering the ECA subject(s) you are interested in, tell them about your intention to take the ECA subject via cross-institutional enrollment and enrol as per their requirements.
3) Non-Award Enrolment. ECA subjects are available for professional development purposes in industry, for teachers or government. The ECA subjects can be taken without the need to be formally enrolled in an award program.
- Contact the institution(s) offering the ECA subject(s) you are interested in, tell them about your intention to take the ECA subject as a non-award student and enrol as per their requirements.