Study programme Agricultural Economics Agricultural Engineering Agroecology Animal Sciences Horticulture Landscape architecture Organic Agriculture Plant Protection Plant Sciences

General entomology (176011)

ECTS 6.00
English language R3
E-learning R12
Teaching hours 60
Lectures 35
Practicum 21
Seminar 4
Lecturer
Assist. Prof. Ivan Juran, PhD
Prof. Tanja Gotlin Čuljak, PhD
Grading
Conditions for obtaining signature
Students are required to attend classes regularly and to be eligible they have to attend at least 80% of classes. Keeping records of attendance at lectures is carried out by teacher. In case of insufficient and unwarranted number of attendances student loses the right to get the signature and shall be subject to re-enter and listen to the next academic year. All excused absences beyond the permitted should be documented. Students have to actively participate in teaching at lectures and exercises and their willingness to teamwork is expected in solving group exercises. The prerequisite for taking the written exam is required number of earned points from the class attendances (lectures, exercises and seminars) and passing the album and colloquium at the end of semester.

Course coordinator

Prof. Tanja Gotlin Čuljak, PhD
Prof. Tanja Gotlin Čuljak, PhD

Course description

The aim of this course is to give students knowledge about economic importance of the insects as well as morphological, anatomical and biological features of the insects. Students will learn necessary teroethical knowledge about insects which are basics to understand applied entomology that from practical point studies harmful or beneficial pests.

Type of course

General competences

Students will be able to describe morphology, anatomy and biology of the most important pest species and classify them into basic taxonomic categories and develop learning skills for further studies and/or longlife learning.

Types of instruction

  • Laboratory practice/exercises
  • Lectures
  • Seminars

Learning outcomes

Learning outcome Evaluation methods
describe importance of entomology, origin of insects, their prevalance and economic importance
recognize morphological, anatomical and biological features of insects
list ecologcal factors and methods for monitoring insects populations
explain effect of ecological factors of pest population density
describe methods of soil and plants sampling to determine pest population
calculate and determine optimal time of pests treatment based on pest population
integrate knowledge form general entomology with other plant protection courses
develop leraning skills for master studies or longlife learning

Working methods

Students' obligations

Students are required to attend classes regularly and to be eligible they have to attend at least 80% of classes. Keeping records of attendance at lectures is carried out by teacher. In case of insufficient and unwarranted number of attendances student loses the right to get the signature and shall be subject to re-enter and listen to the next academic year. All excused absences beyond the permitted should be documented. Students have to actively participate in teaching at lectures and exercises and their willingness to teamwork is expected in solving group exercises. The prerequisite for taking the written exam is required number of earned points from the class attendances (lectures, exercises and seminars) and passing the album and colloquium at the end of semester.

Methods of grading

Evaluation elements Maximum points or Share in evaluation Grade rating scale Grade Direct teaching hours Total number of average student workload ECTS
Participation in lectures 5 <81
81-84.9%
84.9-89.9%
90-94.9%
95-100%
Insufficient (1)
Sufficient (2)
Good (3)
Very good (4)
Excellent (5)
0.935
Participation in excersises 5 continousliy present on excersises
actively participate in excersises
actively participation in excersises and excersisi book
Good (3)
Very good (4)
Excellent (5)
0.935
Seminar assay 10 appropriate terminology is not used and basics principles are not understand
basic ideas, concepts and problems are treated in an appropriate manner and correct terminology is used
Very good (4)
Excellent (5)
0.2
Album 5 one answer wrong
all questions are answered correctly
Very good (4)
Excellent (5)
0.1
On-line coloquium 5 one answer wrong
all questions are answered correctly
Very good (4)
Excellent (5)
0.1
Partial exam 3.73 <60%
60-69.9%
70-79.9%
80-89.9%
90-100%
Insufficient (1)
Sufficient (2)
Good (3)
Very good (4)
Excellent (5)
Total 100 60-69.9 points - sufficient (2) 70-79.9 points - good (3) 80-89.9 points - very good (4) 90-100 points - excellent (5) 6

Weekly class schedule

  1. Introduction to plan and programme of the course and students responbilities. Origin, sistematisc, prevalance and economic importance of the insects.
  2. Basic insect morphology, morphology of the insect head and structures connected with insect head.
  3. Morphology of the insect thorax, types of insect legs and wings. Locomottion system. Morphlogy of the insect abdomen, types of insect abdomen and strucutres connected with abdomen.
  4. Morphology of the insect skin and their practical importance, insect colour and skin glands. Muscular system.
  5. Body cavity of the insects, structure and function of the insects digestive, ventilatory and hormonal system. Practical importance of the insect hormones.
  6. Structure and function of the insect circulatory, nervous and reproductive system. Sensory organs and mechanisms.
  7. Seminal transfer and fertilization.
  8. Embryogenesis, organogenesis, postembrionic morphognesis.
  9. Metamorphosis, types of insect, larvae and pupae. Diapause and polymorphism.
  10. The life-system concept.
  11. Insects and the abiotic-environment (temperature, moisture, light, other factors).
  12. Insect and the biotic-environment (intraspecifis and interspecific interactions).
  13. Interaction plant and herbivore, plants as insect food, plant defence, interaction predator and prey. Populatioin growth, spatial dispersion, migrations, population dinamics.
  14. Trip to Varaždin to visit Entomological Museum.
  15. Evaluation of the teachers.

Obligatory literature

  1. Romoser, W.S., Stoffolano, J.G. (1994). The Science of Entomology. WCB, Oxford, England

Recommended literature

  1. Speight, R. M., Hunter, D. M., Watt, D. A. (1999): Ecology of Insects, Blackwell Science, Oxford
  2. Seifert, G.(1970): Entomologisches praktikum, Stuttgar