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BI1320

Bees, Apiculture and Pollination

The course "Bees, beekeeping and pollination" examines the most important insect pollinators and gives an insight into their taxonomy, biology and ecological role. Practical work and excursions with focus on bumble bees, solitary bees and honey bees give both an understanding of the variations in biology and knowledge of specific pollinator species and how human activities may improve or impair survival of pollinating insects. Emphasis is put on the domesticated honey bee because of their importance both as honey producers and as pollinators of cultivated crops. Beekeeping is described in some detail with practical demonstrations of management, queen rearing and honey extraction.

Information from the course leader

Welcome to the Bee Course

Bees, Apiculture and Pollination. BI1320

The first day of the course will be on Monday May 2nd. The course will be a combination of online lectures and IRL activities. The Zoom platform will be used for streamed lectures and exercises will be on campus in Uppsala.

During the course we will use the canvas platform for all communication. There you will find zoom links for the lectures, instructions for the project work, the schedule, grading criteria, literature, pre-recorded lectures and films, slides from lectures, and you will use the platform to handle in your assignments (project work). If you intend to participate in the course I recommend that you self-register in Ladok. If you have problems with that we can fix that on the first day.

If you have questions? Just send an email to either the course leader Barbara (Barbara.locke@slu.se) or the course administrators Maria Viketoft (Maria.Viketoft@slu.se) or Ida Kollberg (Ida.Kollberg@slu.se)

Course evaluation

The course evaluation is now closed

BI1320-40149 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for BI1320

Academic year 2021/2022

Bees, Apiculture and Pollination (BI1320-M4149)

2022-05-02 - 2022-06-05

Academic year 2020/2021

Bees, Apiculture and Pollination (BI1320-40135)

2021-05-03 - 2021-06-06

Academic year 2020/2021

Bees, Apiculture and Pollination (BI1320-M4135)

2021-05-03 - 2021-06-06

Academic year 2019/2020

Bees, Apiculture and Pollination (BI1320-40049)

2020-05-01 - 2020-06-07

Academic year 2018/2019

Bees, Apiculture and Pollination (BI1320-40063)

2019-05-03 - 2019-06-09

Syllabus

BI1320 Bees, Apiculture and Pollination, 7.5 Credits

Bin, biodling och pollinering

Subjects

Biology

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Modules

Title Credits Code
Single module 7.5 0101

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements(G1F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.

Language

English

Prior knowledge

Knowledge corresponding to Biologi, 30 credits.

Objectives

The course aims to provide basic knowledge about solitary bees and bumble bees taxonomy, biology and ecological role and basic knowledge of honeybees and beekeeping.



After completing the course the student is expected to

- master the use of keys for species determination of insects

- be able to determine solitary bees to family and common bumble bees to species

- understand the importance of insect mediated pollination

- be able to describe the ecological importance of social insects and the organisation of honey bee colonies

- be able to describe the genetic relationship between individuals in honey bee colonies and the sex determination system

- be able to perform common measures related to beekeeping practices

Content

The course contains lectures, excursions, project work and exercises in practical beekeeping.



The course deals with the evolution, biology and the ecological significance of pollinating Hymenopterans. Regarding solitary bees, the focus is on species determination and biology, regarding honey bees, the focus is on biology, economic significance and practical beekeeping. Discussions on pollination biology provide a link between solitary and social bees.



Topics that are covered during the course are:

- Evolutionary history, biology and taxonomy of pollinating Hymenoptera

- Evolution of sociality and the superorganism concept

- Pollination biology

- The organisation of honey bee colonies including sex determination and reproduction

- Threats to pollinating insects

- Diseases and parasites of honey bees

- The importance of beekeeping and beekeeping practices



Compulsary parts include excursions, exercises and project work.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written exam, approved reports of exercises and projects and participation in compulsory parts.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of Ecology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Biology field: Entomologi
Replaces: BI1203

Grading criteria

Grading criteria

BI1011 Bees, Apiculture and Pollination 7 HEC

Bin, biodling och pollinering

Course Objectives

After completing the course the student is expected to:

  • master the use of keys for species determination of insects
  • be able to determine solitary bees to family and common bumble bees to species
  • understand the importance of insect mediated pollination
  • be able to describe the ecological importance of social insects and the organization of honey bee colonies
  • be able to describe the genetic relationship between individuals in honey bee colonies and the sex determination system
  • know the most important honey bee diseases and parasites
  • be able to perform common measures related to beekeeping practices

Grades: 5 /4 /3 / U (5 = A; 4 = B; 3 = D; U = F – Fail

Grade

Interval %

Judgement

Description

5 (A)

80 – 100

Very good

The student can use insect keys and determine most solitary bees to family and all common bumble bees to species. The student fully understands most aspects of the importance of insect mediated pollination with well founded examples from ecology, horticulture and agriculture. The student can in detail describe how honey bee colonies are organized, the genetics of honey bees and how sex is determined. The student knows and can in detail describe the biology of major honey bee diseases. The student is well familiar with beekeeping practice, is able to describe a full year of apiculture and knows in detail the products produced in apiculture.

4 (B)

68 – 79

Good

The student can use insect keys and determine some solitary bees to family and most common bumble bees to species. The student understands most aspects of the importance of insect mediated pollination with examples from ecology, horticulture and agriculture. The student can describe most aspects of colony organization, the genetics of honey bees and how sex is determined. The student knows and can describe the basic biology of the major honey bee diseases. The student is familiar with beekeeping practice, is able to describe most aspects of a full year of apiculture and knows in some detail the products produced in apiculture.

3 (D)

58 - 67

Pass

The student can use insect keys and determine some solitary bees to family and some common bumble bees to species. The student understands some aspects of the importance of insect mediated pollination with examples from ecology, horticulture and agriculture. The student can describe the basic features of colony organization, some important aspects of honey bee genetics and understands the basis for sex determination. The student knows and can describe the basic biology of some honey bee diseases. The student knows the major beekeeping practice, is able to describe the most important features of apiculture and knows some of the products produced in apiculture.

Course facts

Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1320 Application code: SLU-40149 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Ecology Pace: 100%