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Course Syllabus

Fall Semester, 2014


          Dr. John R. Meyer
          Office:  2107 Gardner Hall
          Mailing address:  Campus Box 7613, Raleigh, NC 27695-7613
          Office phone:  919-515-1659
          FAX number:  919-515-7746

Course Objectives:




          How to Know The Insects.   1978
          by Roger Bland and H. E. Jaques.   3rd edition.
          Waveland Press, Inc.
          ISBN#: 1-57766-684-4

Optional (for reference only):

          The Insects:  An Outline of Entomology.   2010.
          by P. J. Gullen and P. S. Cranston.   4th edition
          Blackwell Science Ltd.
          ISBN#: 978-1-4443-3036-6
          (Any general entomology textbook would be suitable for reference)



For on-campus students:

          Lectures (220 Dabney Hall) Tues. & Thurs. 10:15-11:30 am       Schedule of Lectures

          Labs (4302 Gardner Hall) Thurs. or Fri. 12:25-3:15 pm         Schedule of Laboratories

For distance-education students:

          Schedule of Assignments

          Schedule of Learning Modules


Insect Collection:

Each student will collect insect specimens and mount them on pins or preserve them in alcohol.  A completed insect collection will be submitted near the end of the semester for a grade.    Collection Instructions


Collecting and Curating Equipment:

Students will need to purchase the following equipment for their own use:

· Labeling Pen (archival black ink)
· Small Collecting Jars
· Insect Pins #2 and #3
· Clear Nail Polish
· Dissecting Forceps
· Dissecting Scissors

Students may check out a net, killing jar, spreading board, pinning box, step block, observation block, and glass vials from the instructor at the beginning of the semester.  These items must be returned in good condition at the end of the course.  Students are expected to pay for replacement of lost or damaged items.  Aquatic nets and white pans are also available for 3-day loan during the semester.

Distance education students can arrange to pick up equipment or have it mailed to them.  They will also need access to a stereomicroscope for insect identification.  In North Carolina, all county agricultural extension offices are equipped with microscopes and will arrange for you to use them on premises during office hours.  Other possibilities include biology labs in your local high school or community college.  A digital camera may also be useful if you have questions about specific insects.



Homework 10%

Quiz 1 **  5%

September 9, 2014
Quiz 2 **  5%

September 23, 2014
Quiz 3 **  5%

October 28, 2014
Quiz 4 **  5%

November 25, 2014
            ** Drop Lowest Quiz Score

Exam I 10%

October 7, 2014
Exam II 10%

November 11, 2014
Lab Practical I 10%

October 16/17, 2014
Lab Practical II 10%

December 3, 2014
Collection 20%

December 3, 2014
Final Exam 15%   8-11 am, Dec. 9, 2014


Final grades are computed as a percentage of total points (1000):

A+ = 98-100%; A = 92-97%; A- = 90-91%
B+ = 88-89%; B = 82-87%; B- = 80-81%
C+ = 78-79%; C = 72-77%; C- = 70-71%
D+ = 68-69%; D = 62-67%; D- = 60-61%
F = 59 and below  


Grade decisions for all borderline students (within 2%) will be based on class participation, effort, improvement, etc.

Students taking the course via distance education must make individual arrangements with the instructor for taking the quizzes, exams, lab practicals, and final exam.  Options include:

  1. Testing with other students during the scheduled class period
  2. Testing with the instructor or TA at an alternate time on the scheduled day
  3. Testing with a certified proctor on the scheduled day

Students choosing option #3 must make proctoring arrangements within the first two weeks of the semester.  If you live near Raleigh, NC you may use the DELTA local proctoring services (  If you live elsewhere, DELTA can also assist you in finding a remote proctor (  Contact the instructor if you need assistance or other options.

All makeups for quizzes, exams, and lab practicals are given at the end of the semester at the convenience of the instructor.  Unless otherwise indicated, essay format will be used for all makeup exams.


There will be at least 125 points possible on homework/worksheet/discussion assignments over the semester.  Of these, a maximum of 100 points can count toward the final grade.  Homework is assigned to facilitate learning, not to evaluate achievement.  All assignments must be submitted by midnight of the day on which they are due.  Late assignments are not accepted for a grade.


Field Trips

The College of Agriculture and Life Science provides transportation and liability insurance for students traveling with the instructor between Gardner Hall and local field trip sites.  Students are strongly encouraged to use this transportation.  The University assumes no responsibility for mishaps that occur when students provide their own transportation.  Distance education students may join a scheduled lab or go on their own.


Academic Integrity

A signed honor code pledge statement is required on all quizzes, exams, and assignments submitted for a grade.  Please “silence” cell phones during all class periods.  Cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), laptop computers, or other digital equipment with text message capability may NOT BE USED during exams or quizzes.  Keep this equipment in your purse or backpack and completely OUT OF SIGHT while you are being tested.  If the equipment is in your field of view, I must assume that you are using it for dishonest purposes.  Avoid even the appearance of cheating.


Alternative Credit Options:

Students taking this course for CREDIT ONLY (S/U) must accumulate at least 70% of total course points to qualify for an "S".  In most cases, at least a partial insect collection and satisfactory performance on quizzes and tests will be required to meet minimum standards.

Students taking this course for AUDIT ONLY (AU) must accumulate at least 50% of total course points to qualify for an "AU".  An insect collection is usually not necessary if the student can pass (>60%) written quizzes and exams.