751-5121-00L  Insect Ecology

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersC. De Moraes, N. Stanczyk
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


751-5121-00 VInsect Ecology2 hrs
Tue14:15-16:00LFW C 4 »
C. De Moraes, N. Stanczyk

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AbstractThis is an introductory class on insect ecology. During the course you will learn about insect interactions with, and adaptations to, their environment and other organisms, and the importance of insect roles in our ecosystems. This course includes in-person
lectures, small group discussions and outside readings.
ObjectiveThe aim of the course is to gain an understanding of how insects have specialised and adapted to occupy diverse environmental niches and become vital to ecosystem processes. Important topics include: insect-plant interactions, chemical ecology, predator-prey interactions, vectors of disease, social insects, mutual and parasitic interactions and examining insect ecology in an evolutionary context.
Lecture notesProvided to students through Moodle
LiteratureSelected required readings (peer reviewed literature). Optional recommended readings with additional information.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Personal CompetenciesCritical Thinkingassessed

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersC. De Moraes, N. Stanczyk
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationGrading will be based on a mid-term exam and final exam (50% each). Examination questions will be based on content discussed in lectures, lecture notes, required reading and small group discussions.
Students may also complete an optional task to take a photo of an insect interaction and submit a short report on it for a 0.25 bonus grade.

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End of registration periodRegistration only possible until 19.09.2023

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