Students develop an understanding of entomological issues associated with natural resources.
Topics include the ecological, economic, and social roles of insects as well as identification
and basic biology of major groups of insects associated with natural resources. Insect
behavioural and chemical ecology, and the population dynamics of major insect pests,
especially in forests, are reviewed. Students will develop an understanding of ecosystem
health, the beneficial and economically positive roles of insects, and the precepts of
integrated pest management.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify the major insect Orders and identify forest insect
pest species of BC and be able to outline their life history.
- Demonstrate the ability to calculate Degree Day standards, Degree Day accumulations and
Economic Injury Levels.
- Identify factors that drive forest pest insect population cycles and epidemics.
- Outline Integrated Pest Management strategies and apply those to forest pest insect
species of BC.
- Create a field specimen (40 species) or photo collection (50 species) with museum standard
documentation and identification of the level of Family.
- Describe provincial legislation and policies related to forest health.
- Module 1: Introduction to Insects
- Module 2: Insects in Forest Ecosystems
- Module 3: Main Forest Insects and the Damage They Cause
- Module 4: Forest Pest Management and Policy
Required text and materials
There is no textbook required for this course.
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To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher
on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.
|Quiz 1: Module 1
|Quiz 2: Module 2
|Virtual Insect Collection: Progress Report
|Quiz 3: Module 3
|Quiz 4: Module 4
|Virtual Insect Collection: Final Report
|Final Exam (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.