APS 229 Insect Biology Projects

Level 2
Semester 2
Credits 10
Pre/Co Requisites APS135 and APS 240
Recommended Requisites -
Teaching Staff Professor Mike Siva-Jothy
Co-ordinator Professor Mike Siva-Jothy
Restrictions Not available to Ecology or Plant Science students


This unit aims to:

  1. Increase students' practical knowledge of insects' behaviour, taxonomy and structure/ function.
  2. Develop practical skills in handling insects, designing and conducting empirical studies, and observe and take concise, precise notes.
  3. Encourage effective work in small groups.
  4. Develop skills in self-direction and time-management.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate (1) an ability to organise a quantitative study of insect behaviour and (2) a practical understanding of insect behaviour and its measurement.


This unit examines insect behaviour and some of its underlying mechanisms. Each practical consists of a set exercise, class discussions and presentation of results. Students examine insect locomotion, feeding, sexual behaviour, grooming and gas exchange. Assessment is via a spot test (in which students can use the notebooks they have kept through the practicals) and the outcome of the discussions and presentations at the end of each practical.

Delivery Method: Laboratory sessions

Student Contact Hours: 18

Assessment Method: Assessment is by a spot test (in which you can use the notebooks you have kept through the practicals) and a short oral presentation on a laboratory exercise.

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