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BIOL3033: Applied Entomology

Semester 2, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

Insects effect almost every facet of our lives from vectoring major diseases like the plague, malaria and Zika virus to the billions of dollars of free ecosystems services they provide by consuming pest insects, pollinating agricultural crops and removing waste. This unit takes an applied approach to entomology by covering topics such as medical entomology, sustainable pest management, pollination ecology, insects as human/livestock foods and insect conservation. You will learn how to identify a variety of economically and medically important arthropods and how to sample insects in a variety of settings. You will also learn how insects are managed in agricultural, urban and natural environments as well as how we can use insects to solve some of humanities most pressing problems. You will learn about the many important ecosystems services that insects provide, as well as how practitioners can help encourage and support populations of beneficial insects. Field trips to Westmead hospital's medical entomology unit and the Biosecurity unit at Botany Bay will show you how practicing entomologists use their knowledge of insects to solve important problems. You will build your skills in research and inquiry through group research projects that you design and run. This unit will give you the basic skills needed to pursue careers in a variety of entomology-related fields.

Unit details and rules

Unit code BIOL3033
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
6cp of BIOL2XXX or ENTO2001 or MEDS200X or ANAT2XXX or PHSI2XXX or BMED240X or MIMI2X02 or IMMU2101
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Tanya Latty,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Online task Online discussion
Online posts
15% Ongoing See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4
Assignment Fact check video
15% Week 04 3 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4
Assignment Consultant report
Written report
20% Week 07 See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Assignment Guidebook+ online collection
Written + online photo submission
25% Week 09 See canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Final project
Written task
25% Week 13 See Canvas
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

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We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week -03 Animal ethics Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO4
Week 01 Course introduction; insect identification refresher Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO5
Week 02 Discovering and Describing insects: intro to taxonomy and insect ethics Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Week 04 Introduction to Integrated Pest Management: pesticides, regulation and impacts Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
Week 05 Alternatives to pesticides Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 06 Urban pest management Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 07 IPM for medically significant insects Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Week 09 Conservation entomology and ecosystem services Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Forensic entomology Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Week 10 Bio inspired technology Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 11 Insects as food for humans and livestock Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Ask us anything lecture; Present final project Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance: Attendance is only required at the community garden sampling practical in week 5.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a thorough understanding of key applications of entomology, including being able to discuss contemporary pest-control strategies
  • LO2. demonstrate the ability to convey complex information to a variety of audiences (clients, the general public, fellow scientists) in multiple formats
  • LO3. demonstrate an in-depth knowledge about integrated pest management in at least one Australian crop
  • LO4. critically assess scientific literature and apply this to entomological applications
  • LO5. demonstrate practical skills in identifying insects and their ecological effects.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

This is the first time this unit has been offered.

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