Insect Diversity and Conservation
BI1357 Insect Diversity and Conservation, 7.5 CreditsInsekternas mångfald och bevarande
Education cycleBachelor’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldFirst cycle, less than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G1F)
Prior knowledgeThe equivalent of
30 credits of biology or
30 credits forest science
ObjectivesThe aim is to provide the students with knowledge useful in professional work with insects in nature conservation. The focus is on practical aspects such as survey methods, field knowledge about insects and their habitats, species identification, and report writing, but the course also include theory about the diversity of insects, its importance and conservation.
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- with the aid of identification keys, determine any Swedish insect to family and for certain specific groups, also to species.
- identify terrestrial habitats that are particularly valuable for the insect fauna in Sweden.
- for these habitats, give examples of ecological and taxonomic groups of insects that are of conservation concern because they are threatened or perform important ecosystem services, and for these suggest appropriate inventory methods and conservation measures.
- draw conclusions and assess uncertainties from conservation-oriented insect surveys
- plan, conduct, and report an insect survey
ContentThe course provides deepened knowledge about insect fauna. The knowledge will beis put in a context of nature conservation context. The capacity for independent work is being developed.
The course includes field excursions, project work, assignments, and seminars. Field excursions focus on insects and their habitats. The assignments and seminars deal with issues related to the diversity and conservation of insects, such as red listing, action plans and the contribution from insects to ecosystem function. A significant part of the course consists of a project work, in which a survey is conducted, collected insects identified, the results analysedare identified and a report written.
The course is given as a distance course. The project work, assignments, active participation in seminars and field excursions, and a written exam are mandatory.
Formats and requirements for examinationPassed written exam, approved oral and written presentation of the project work, participation in mandatory course activities, and approved assignments.
- 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.
- 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.