Considers how insects live, the structure and function of their internal and external anatomy, their classification and identification, and their management, when desirable. Stresses understanding and recognition of economically important beneficial and destructive insects and mites occurring in North Carolina, including information on their life histories, damage, and management.
- Students completing the course should be able to:
- list the characteristics of the major insect Orders
- define the different types of insect metamorphosis
- describe the numerous pest management methods for insects, including legal, biological, cultural, mechanical/physical, and chemical
- identify the immature and adult stages of the major insect pests of field crops, vegetables, tree fruit, and livestock in North Carolina
Mondays and Wednesdays 9:10 - 10:00 a.m.
Tuesdays 1:30 - 3:20 or 3:40 - 5:30 a.m.
or Wednesdays 3:40 - 5:30 a.m.
Requirements and Grading:
Attendance at all class and laboratory sessions is required. Seats will be assigned and roll will be taken. Classes and laboratories will begin on time. In fairness to your fellow students, please make every effort to arrive in class or lab on time. Late arrivals may be marked absent for the day. You are responsible for knowing when quizzes and exams will be given as indicated on the lecture and laboratory calendars. (See above links)
- Six 15-minute quizzes will be given during lecture on the days indicated in the lecture calendar. Quizzes will consist of a combination of true/false, multiple choice, and fill-in-the-blank questions Each quiz will be worth 20 points. Your lowest quiz score will be dropped. Total value for all quizzes is 100 points. If you miss one quiz due to absence from class, that quiz score (zero) will be the one dropped. If you miss more than one quiz, only the first "zero" will be dropped. No makeup quizzes are given.
- One midterm examination worth 75 points, and a final examination worth 125 points will be given on the lecture material. Exams will consist of multiple choice, true/false, and short-answer questions. Total value for all examinations is 200 points.
- Laboratory contributions include ten laboratory quizzes (25 points each) covering notebook material and identification of insect and damage specimens. The two lowest lab quiz scores will be dropped. No makeups are given for lab quizzes. Your lab grade will also determined by a laboratory final worth 50 points and a completed insect collection as described in the lab notebook worth 50 points. Total value for the laboratory portion of the course is 300 points.
- Added together, the total score available for all lecture and lab quizzes, lecture and lab examinations, lab notebook, and insect collection is 600 points. The final course grade will be determined as follows:
This is a very rigid schedule with no curving!! For students very close to a specific grade, e.g. those with final points around 582, 546, 534, etc., a modest rounding up may occur for students with very few absences and appropriate classroom behavior. Appropriate classroom behavior includes getting to class on time and not leaving early, staying awake/alert in class, participating in class discussions, and not talking to your neighbor when the instructor, TA, or another student is talking.
| 585-600 points = A+;
||549-584 points = A;||537-548 points = A-|
|525-536 points = B+; ||489-524 points = B;||477-488 points = B-|
|465-476 points = C+; ||429-464 points = C;||417-428 points = C-|
|405-416 points = D+; ||369-404 points = D;||357-368 points = D-|
| <357 points = F|
- Scheduling of the quizzes and examinations anddue dates for the insect collection and laboratory notebook can be found in the lecture and laboratory calendars. You are responsible for knowing these dates.
- Examinations and quizzes will be returned to the student for review during a class or laboratory period following the test. The instructor will provide the correct answers at that time. Any answers marked wrong which the student thinks may be correct should be clearly identified so the instructor can review them for possible credit. Exams or quizzes will then be collected by the instructor so that grades may be adjusted, if necessary, and all grades will then be recorded. Thus, if you do not return your quizzes/exams, you will not receive a score for that quiz/exam, i.e., you will receive a zero! Exams and quizzes will not be returned at a later date.
Students with Special Needs:
All students registered with the NC State Office of Disability Services for Students (DSS) will provide the instructor with an accomodation letter. If you have not registered with the DSS and have a learning disability, you should register in Suite 1900, Student Health Center. If you have a documented disability, please see the instructor to discuss academic accomodations.
Students are expected to be familiar with and honor the NCSU Code of Student Conduct. An honor pledge will be placed on all quizzes and examinations for students to sign. The honor pledge, which follows, pretty much spells out what is expected of the student - "I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this test or assignment." While there will be times when students will be encouraged to talk and participate in class diacussions, students should refrain refrain from extraneous conversations with each other when the instructors or other students are presenting information. Talking at inappropriate times violates academic integrity since you are interfering with another student's desire to hear and see what is goping on in class.
Students should know the location of the nearest exits, fire extinguisher, and accessible telephone in lecture and laboratory. If fire alarm sounds, exit calmly and quickly - do not use elevators. use all laboratory equipment with extreme care following instructions given in each laboratory.
The syllabus information and course calendars are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.