This course will:
Consider the major evolutionary events, the key adaptations and the basic biology underpinning the phenomenal success of the class Insecta.
The phylogenetic origin of insects, followed by the key evolutionary events (the evolution of wings, the evolution of a wing-folding mechanism and the evolution of the holometablous life-history). Basic insect structure and function in the context of those aspects of the insect Bauplan that contribute to their taxonomic success.
DELIVERY METHOD: 12 lectures + 12 hours of student-centred learning
STUDENT CONTACT HOURS: 12
ASSESSMENT METHOD: 1½ hour examination. Essay type questions
FEEDBACK: Students can receive feedback on performance in examinations by arranging a meeting with their personal tutor after mid-March
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