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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Module 00: Welcome to Bugs 101

Hello and welcome to Bugs 101, Insect-Human Interactions! This module gives you a brief introduction to the scope of the course, and provides you with some background information about the history of entomology at the University of Alberta.

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1 video (Total 10 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
5 readings
Course Information Packet10m
Interactive Learning Objects10m
Meet the BUGS 101 Team10m
Course Glossary10m
Useful Biological Prefixes and Suffixes10m
1 practice exercise
Pre-Course Bugs Survey22m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Module 01: Introduction to Insects and their Terrestrial Relatives

Arthropods, which includes insects, are the most speciose group of animals on the planet. In this module, we explore some of the traits that have allowed insects to dominate terrestrial landscapes around the world, and introduce you to the major insect orders you’ll deal with in the course.

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9 videos (Total 88 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
01.02 Arthropods9m
01.03 Arthropod Evolution and Classification16m
01.04 Small Body Size5m
01.05 Metamorphosis, Dispersal, and Reproductive Capabilities9m
01.06 Major Insect Orders13m
01.07 Insect Collections in Museums18m
01.08 Starting Your Insect Collection12m
01.09 Module 01 Wrap Up54s
3 readings
Interactive Learning Object - Arthropod Body Plans10m
Interactive Learning Object - Arthropod Phylogeny10m
Why We Kill Bugs10m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz10m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Module 02: The Business of Being an Insect Part 1

What makes an insect an insect? How do these strange creatures operate? This module begins to uncover the inner workings of insects, starting with the digestive and circulatory systems.

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6 videos (Total 37 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
02.02 Insect Body Regions and Head9m
02.03 Insect Thorax and Abdomen3m
02.04 Digestion and Excretion10m
02.05 Circulation and Gas Exchange11m
02.06 Module 02 Wrap Up54s
4 readings
Interactive Learning Object - Mouthparts10m
Interactive Learning Object - Digestive System10m
Interactive Learning Object - Circulatory System10m
Interactive Learning Object - Gas Exchange System10m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz10m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Module 03: The Business of Being an Insect Part 2

Building on the previous module, we continue to explore insect biology through an overview of the major physiological systems of insects. We look at the nervous and reproductive systems, and highlight some of the ways insects court, seduce, and reproduce.

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7 videos (Total 50 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
03.02 Nervous System11m
03.03 Courtship and Mating11m
03.04 Male and Female Reproductive Structures5m
03.05 Modes of Reproduction14m
03.06 Mating Disruption and SIT6m
03.07 Module 03 Wrap Up53s
3 readings
Interactive Learning Object - Nervous System10m
Interactive Learning Object - Reproductive System: Female10m
Interactive Learning Object - Reproductive System: Male10m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz10m

Instructor

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Dr. Maya Evenden

Professor of Entomology
Biological Sciences

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