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SCL1001301, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1178, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENTOMOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
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Teacher in charge DANIELE SOMMAGGIO

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/05 Zoology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 ENTOMOLOGIA 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 SOMMAGGIO DANIELE (Presidente)
BONATO LUCIO (Membro Effettivo)
4 ENTOMOLOGIA 2017/2018 01/10/2017 25/11/2018 SOMMAGGIO DANIELE (Presidente)
BONATO LUCIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge in biological subjects; Zoology of invertebrates
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to provide a general overview of insect world. Several general themes from morphology to biology, from evolution to ecology, will be used as a key to understand Esapoda. In addition, the course aims to raise awareness among students of the vast biodiversity found in insects, while providing the tools to recognize the main taxa.
AContents and objectives will be combined in a methodological teaching perspective in order to develop specific skills for teaching.
Examination methods: The exam is divided into three parts:
- A case study about a topic of the general part with exposure to the teacher and to the classmates
- Group work on social insect
- Practical test with recognition of some insects and discussion of their characteristics
Assessment criteria: Particular importance will be given to the ability to connect the topics addressed, demonstrating a good ability to contextualise the issues related to insects.
Case study of general part: 30%
Group work on social insects: 30%
Practical test: 40%
Course unit contents: General Part: Biodiversity and importance of insects.
Insects and man: entomological dissemination; teaching of entomology with examples of teaching units.
Exoskeleton: composition and general morphology.
Locomotion: legs and wings
Mouthparts and trophic regimes. Multi-trophic interactions with in-depth study of some case studies.
Internal anatomy (nervous system, endocrine, circulatory, digestive, gaseous exchanges).
Sensory system
Reproduction and life cycle.
Embryonic and post-embryonic development

Systematic part: Systematics and phylogeny, the orders of insects.

Laboratory part: collection, preparation and conservation of insects; use of identification keys for the recognition of the main orders.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lessons with multimedia aids; particular emphasis will be given during lectures to links between the various groups of insects and between entomology and other disciplines of the natural sciences.
There will be in-depth study of some issues both individually and in groups.
In addition to the vision of the main groups of insects, the students will be actively involved in practical activities aimed, for example, at encouraging the development of good skills in insect preparation; in addition, students will participate actively in the recognition of various specimens through the use of identification key.
A visit to a Natural History Museum is planned, here the entomological collections will be visited. A field excursion is also foreseen for the application of sampling techniques.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All the material used in the lessons (presentations, articles, etc.) will be made available to the students through the e-Learning platform.
Testi di riferimento: The reference texts will be communicated in the first lesson.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Learning journal

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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