General entomology

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with a detailed description of the anatomy and physiology of insects and their classification
Expected learning outcomes
Students will be able to understand the complex morphofunctional organization of insects and its adaptations according to the conditions of environment or ecological niches. Furthermore, they will acquire skills useful for the classification of insects
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Teaching methods
The course is held in the first semester. In compliance with the regulations, the lessons would take place remotely in both synchronous (on the Zoom platform) and asynchronous (audio lessons in ppt). Lesson recordings will be available on the Ariel website of the course. The synchronous lessons will allow students to maintain a direct contact with the teacher and give the opportunity to have clarifications on the topics covered. A forum will also be organized on the Ariel website of the course to facilitate interaction among students and teacher, which of course can be contacted via email, too. All the information regarding the organization of the course, the synchronous and asynchronous lessons, the hours dedicated to question time, as well as any other updates are provided on the Ariel website of the course.

Program and reference materials
The program and the reference material will not change with respect to what is indicated in the syllabus.

Exam and evaluation criteria
As indicated in the syllabus, the exam consists in an oral interview. The information regarding the exam (in the presence, in compliance with the regulations, remotely, through the Zoom platform) is made available on the Ariel website of the course. The evaluation criteria will not change and are those reported in the syllabus.
Course syllabus
The course, after a brief introduction on the main morphofunctional characteristics of insects, will deal in detail with the following topics:
- general characteristics of the external morphology of insects, structure and function of the cuticle
- The head and the characteristics of the mouthparts
- The sense organs of the head
- External morphology of the thorax and abdomen
- Organization of the nervous system
- The tracheal system
- The digestive system
- The excretory system
- The circulatory system and the immune system
- Reproduction
- Post embryonic development
- Introduction to systematics: main characteristics of the different insect orders
Prerequisites for admission
Mandatory preparatory courses are not required
Teaching methods
The course includes lectures and seminars
Teaching Resources
- "Gli insetti e il loro controllo" a cura di F. Pennacchio, Liguori Editore
- "The Insects, structure and function" R.F. Chapman, Cambridge University Press
- "The Insects, an outline of entomology" P.J. Gullan e P.S. Cranston, Wiley-Blackwell.
Additional material (slides, articles and reviews) will be made available to students on the Ariel website of the course.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The students have to pass an oral exam. The final evaluation will take into account the student's language property, the level of knowledge and understanding of the main aspects of the insect anatomy and physiology, and the ability to understand and recognize the main characteristics of the different orders of insects.
AGR/11 - GENERAL AND APPLIED ENTOMOLOGY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Casartelli Morena
Educational website(s)
Friday from 2.30 PM by appointment
Department of Biosciences, via Celoria 26, ground floor, B tower