AESC20050 Applied Zoology

Academic Year 2022/2023

This introductory module provides an overview of the biology and ecology of vertebrate and invertebrate animal groups of agricultural, environmental and conservation interest. The following topics will be covered: I. Introduction to the classification, biology and ecology of the Phylum Arthropoda: structure and function of arthropod anatomy; developmental biology; sensory perception; communication and host recognition; basis of crop pest resistance; practical recognition of arthropod groups. II. Introduction to selected non-arthropod invertebrate groups of agricultural importance (Oligochaeta, Nematoda, Gastropoda): classification, diversity, biology, ecology, importance, practical recognition. III. Introduction to the biology and ecology of vertebrates: identification, ecology, and agricultural and environmental relevance of selected species of birds and mammals. Places on this module are limited (35) by laboratory facilities.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:- Describe the biology, ecology and economic importance of major animal groups;- Identify in the field, the major groups of economically and environmentally important animals in terrestrial habitats;- Explain the role and significance of beneficial animal groups in ecosystems.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
lectures, case-based learning, lab/studio work 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students are required to have passed 1st year Biology courses (BIOL 10010 and BIOL 10030) or equivalent

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
AESC30210 - Plant Protection - Pests

Applied Zoology (ERM20060)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Lab based assignments/reports throughout the trimester Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: End of semester examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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Name Role
Dr Tara Dirilgen Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Mary Kelly-Quinn Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Barry John McMahon Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Olaf Schmidt Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Mon 12:00 - 12:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 15:00 - 16:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 24 Thurs 15:00 - 16:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 11:00 - 11:50