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Aquatic Entomology Syllabus

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									                                             Aquatic Entomology
                             Lecture (ENT4001/5001); Laboratory (ENT4002/5002)
                                                Spring 2003

INSTRUCTOR:                Dr. Alan D. Christian
OFFICE:                    LSE 413; Phone: 972-3082
LECTURE:                   3:00-3:50 (M), LSE 404
LABORATORY:                1:00- 2:50 (MW), LSE 404
OFFICE HOURS:              M: 4:00-5:00
                           T: 8:00-9:00;
                           W: 9:00-11:00
                           R: 9:00-10:00
                           Or by appointment

FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE: Monday 5 May 2003 at 2:45 pm
LAST DAY TO DROP AN INDIVIDUAL CLASS: 25 March 2003
LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW FROM THE UNIVERSITY: 28 April 2003

COURSE PHILOSOPHY: In lecture, ENT 4001/5001, you will be introduced to the diversity of aquatic
arthropods and be exposed to the taxonomy, Phylogenetic relationships, respiration, design of insect studies, natural
history and behavioral adaptations, ecology, and biomonitoring use of aquatic arthropods with emphasis put on
Arkansas and regional species. In laboratory, ENT 4002/5002, you will be introduced to approximately 150
representative species of aquatic arthropods that are located in Arkansas and the region and will be expected to
master the techniques and processes used in taxonomy and systematics for identifying aquatic insects from
laboratory and field collections.

Text:

Merritt, R. W., and K. S. Cummings, editors. 1996. An introduction to the aquatic insects
        of North America, 3rd edition. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque,
        Iowa.

                              INSTITUTIONAL/CLASSROOM POLICIES
DISABILITY SERVICES: Students who require academic adjustments in the classroom due to a disability must
first register with ASU Disability Services. Following registration and within the first two weeks of class, please
contact me to discuss appropriate academic accommodations. Appropriate arrangements can be made to ensure
equal access to this course.

INCLIMATE WEATHER POLICY: The university remains open for academic classes and all other services
during inclement weather except in extreme circumstances determined solely by the president of the university.
Regional and local news media will publicize the closing. Commuter students are encouraged to use good
judgment in deciding whether to drive to campus under this policy, it is the responsibility of the student to
immediately contact each of his/her professors upon return to explain the circumstances and to determine the
need to complete any missed assignments. The student is responsible for all missed assignments during inclement
weather within a time frame to be determined by the professor. See notes about makeup policies and inclement
weather below.

LECTURE AND LABORATORY GRADING POLICY:
GRADING SCALE:        A= 100-90%
                      B= 89-80%
                      C= 79-70%
                      D= 69-60%
                      F= 59-0%
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LECTURE POINTS
Midterm Exam                                                1 @ 100 points = 100 points
Comprehensive Final Exam                                    1 @ 100 points = 100 points
Life History Paper                                          1 @ 100 points = 100 points

Total Lecture Points:                                       300 points

LABORATORY POINTS

Laboratory Practical (3 + 1 comprehensive)                  4 @ 100 POINTS = 400 POINTS
Aquatic Entomology Collection                               1 @ 400 POINTS = 400 POINTS

Total Laboratory Points:                                    800 points

LECTURE OUTLINE:


                                             Topic(s)
 General introduction
 General morphology
 Phylogenetic relationships and evolutionary adaptations
 Aquatic insect respiration
 Design of aquatic insect studies: collecting, sampling, and rearing
 Habitat, life history, and behavioral adaptations
 Ecology and distribution
 Use in biomonitoring


LIFE HISTORY PAPER DEADLINES:

Item Due                                       Date
Organism of Choice                             Wednesday 29 January (5:00 pm)
Review of literature                           Wednesday 26 February (5:00 pm)
Preview Date (if you desire)                   Wednesday 26 February (5:00 pm)
Final Draft                                    Friday 4 April 2003 (5:00 pm)




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LABORATORY COLLECTION TARGETS:

Items                               Quantity                           Points

Number of Taxa
     Orders                         15 (15pts); 2 pts ea for 16-20     25
     Family                         50 (15pts) 1pt/family for 51-75    40
     Total Taxa                     100 (0pts) 1 pt/ taxon 101-155     55

Number of lots
                                    0-100 (0pts)                       0
                                    101-500 (1pt/5 lots)               80

Geographic Distribution                                                70
                                    Northeast Arkansas 2 pts/ county
                                    Other areas 6 pts/ county
Catalog
                                    Form                               20
                                    Neatness                           10
                                    Labels                             10

Correctness of identification       % correct times 80                 80

Midge Slides                        1 point/slide (must do 10)         10


LABORATORY COLLECTION BOOK INFO:

Table of Contents
       List of Collections
Summary of Collection Page
       Orders
       Families
       Taxa
       Lots
       Individuals
       Slides
       NE Ark Counties
       Other Counties




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Individual Site Collection Pages
       Collection ID (InitialsYYYYMMDDChronologic Indicator; E.g. ADC20030101A)
       Date
       Location: State, County, Landmark, Range, GPS
       Collector
       Collection Method
       Time
       Preservation
       Taxonomic list (Code, Order, Family, Genus, Species, Life Stage, Count)
       Lots
       Individuals

                                WEEKEND LABORATORY FIELD TRIPS

Aquatic System     Purpose                                   Dates     Location

Little Red River   Above and below Greer’s Ferry Reservoir   2/7 & 8   Greer’s Ferry, Arkansas




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