Course Syllabus

ENT 317 Turfgrass Insect Management: Introduction to entomology and management of insect pests of cool- and warm- season turfgrass.

Overview | Objectives | Materials | Library | Technical Requirements | Assignments/Exams | Course Schedule | Grading | Academic Integrity | Policies


Turfgrass entomology requires a thorough understanding of insects and their relatives, an introduction to integrated pest (crop) management, a fundamental understanding of key pests of cool and warm season turfgrass and an introduction to control strategies. Students will be introduced to a wide array of educational and organizational web sites to strengthen their understanding of turfgrass entomology. Students also will be encouraged to develop a web based notebook which they can utilize upon completion of the course. Students will be invited to share their experiences with pest problems and methods of suppressing insects and mites through cultural, biorational, conventional and alternative management strategies.

The course is broken down as follows:

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Course Objectives

Upon completion of ENT 317, students will have learned to:

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Required Course Materials

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Many of the University Libraries resources can be utilized from a distance. Through the Libraries website, you can

You must have an active Penn State Access Account to take full advantage of the Libraries' resources and service.  The Off-Campus Users page has additional information about these free services.

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Technical Requirements

Technical Requirements
Operating System Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8*; Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
*Windows 8 support excludes the tablet only RT version
Processor 2 GHz or higher
Memory 1 GB of RAM
Hard Drive Space 20 GB free disk space
Browser We recommend the latest ANGEL-supported version of Firefox or Internet Explorer. To determine if your browser fits this criterion, and for advice on downloading a supported version, please refer to the following ITS knowledge base article: Supported Browsers and Recommended Computers.
Note: Cookies, Java, and JavaScript must be enabled. Pop-up blockers should be configured to permit new windows
from Penn State websites.

Due to nonstandard handling of CSS, JavaScript and caching,
older versions of Internet Explorer (such as IE 6 or earlier) do not work with our courses.
Plug-ins Adobe Reader [Download from Adobe]
Flash Player (v7.0 or later) [Download from Adobe]
Additional Software Microsoft Office (2007 or later)
Internet Connection Broadband (cable or DSL) connection required
Printer Access to graphics-capable printer
DVD-ROM Required
Sound Card, Microphone, and Speakers Required
Monitor Capable of at least 1024 x 768 resolution

If you need technical assistance at any point during the course, please contact the Service Desk.

For registration, advising, disability services, help with materials, exams, general problem solving, visit World Campus Student Services!

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For each week of study (and to receive Penn State credit) each student will:

Quizzes: There will be 7 quizzes throughout the course. Each quiz will be taken online, within the online course environment and is worth 15 points. The lowest quiz grade at the end of the semester will be dropped.

Class/Lab Assignments: There will be 6 assignments throughout the course. Assignments will be based on information supplied by the instructor via the Assignment Discussion Forum and you will be given a set period of time to complete each assignment and return it online. Assignments are worth 20 points each.

Reading Assignments: There will be one reading assignment throughout the course. The assignment will be posted on the General Course Discussion Forum with a due date. The reading assignment has a point value of 15.

Exams: The Mid-Term Exam which covers Lessons 1-5 is worth 100 points, while the Final Comprehensive Exam is worth 150 points. Each exam is a 2 hour, online exam. Details about your exams is in your course content - within Getting Started lesson and after lesson 5 and 10 respectively.

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Course Schedule

Note: If you are planning to graduate this semester, please communicate your intent to graduate to your instructor. This will alert your instructor to the need to submit your final grade in time to meet the published graduation deadlines. For more information about graduation policies and deadlines, please go to the Graduation Information on the My Penn State Online Student Portal.

Lesson Activity
Lesson 00: Getting Started
  • Review the Getting Started lesson and complete all tasks identified within the lesson. Be sure to focus on the course-specific material and the academic integrity components of this lesson.
Lesson 01: Insects and their Relatives
  • Readings:

    • Lesson 01 & 02: Turfgrass Insects of the U.S. and Canada, pp. 12-19


    • Lesson 01: Insects and Their Relatives
Lesson 02: Overview of an introduction to insects (Phylum – Arthropoda)
  • Readings:

    • Lesson 01 & 02: Turfgrass Insects of the U.S. and Canada, pp. 12-19


    • Lesson 02: Metamorphosis - The Life Cycle of Insects
Lesson 03: Characteristics of Adults in the Insect Orders
  • Readings:

    • Lesson 03: Turfgrass Insects of the U.S. and Canada, pp. 19-20, 20-21, 21-29


    • Lesson 03: Characteristics of Adults in the Insect Orders
    • Complete Assignment #1 (Related to Lessons 1-3)
    • Complete Quiz #1 (on Lessons 1-3)
Lesson 04: Integrated Pest Management
  • Readings:

    • Lesson 04: Turfgrass Insects of the U.S. and Canada, pp. 299-308, 309-325


    • Lesson 04: Integrated Pest Management
Lesson 05: Management Strategies
  • Readings:

    • Lesson 05: Turfgrass Insects of the U.S. and Canada, pp. 326-340, 341-359


    • Lesson 05: Management Strategies
    • Complete Assignment #2 (related to Lessons 4-5)
    • Complete Quiz #2 (on Lessons 4-5)
Midterm Exam
  • During this week you will need to prepare for and take your online midterm exam. Once you begin the exam you will have 2 hours to complete it.

Lesson 06: Cool Season Turf Pests
  • Readings:

    • Lesson 06: Turfgrass Insects of the U.S. and Canada, pp. 54-62, 87-103, 106-115, 141-214, 219-225, 230-242


    • Lesson 06: Cool Season Pests
    • Complete Assignment #3 (related to Lesson 6)
    • Complete Quiz #3 (on Lesson 6)

    Note: You will have 2 weeks to complete this lesson and associated tasks.

Lesson 07: Warm Season Pests
  • Readings:

    • Lesson 07: Turfgrass Insects of the U.S. and Canada, pp. 42-53, 84-85, 255-261


    • Lesson 07: Warm Season Pests
    • Complete Assignment #4 (related to Lesson 7)
    • Complete Quiz #4 (on Lesson 7)

    Note: You will have 2 weeks to complete this lesson and associated tasks.

Lesson 08: Lyme Disease
  • Readings:

    • Lesson 08: Online reading (see lesson)


    • Lesson 08: Lyme Disease
    • Complete Assignment #5 (related to Lesson 8)
    • Complete Quiz #5 (on Lesson 8)
Lesson 09: Miscellaneous and Nuisance Pests
  • Readings:

    • None


    • Lesson 09: Miscellaneous and Nuisance Pests
    • Complete Quiz #6 (on Lesson 9)
Lesson 10: Non-Target Organisms
  • Readings:

    • Throughout this lesson you will complete several online readings.


    • Lesson 10: Non-Target Organisms
    • Complete Assignment #6 (related to Lessons 9-10)
    • Complete Quiz #7 (on Lesson 10)
Final Exam
  • During this week you will need to prepare for and take your online midterm exam. Once you begin the exam you will have 2 hours to complete it.

Formal instruction will end on the last day of class. Provided that you have an active Penn State Access Account user ID and password, you will continue to be able to access the course materials for one year, starting from the end date of the academic semester in which the course was offered (with the exception of library reserves and other external resources that may have a shorter archival period). After one year, you might be able to access the course based on the policies of the program or department offering the course material, up to a maximum of three years from the end date of the academic semester in which the course was offered. For more information, please review the University Course Archival Policy.

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Point Value

Quizzes (7 total @ 15 points each; but the lowest grade is dropped - so 6 @ 15 points)


Class Assignments (6 total @ 20 points each) (Refer to General Course Discussion and Assignment Course Forum for instructions and due dates. Submit answers to dropbox.)*


Readings Assignment(Refer to General Course Discussion Forum for instructions and due dates. Submit answers to dropbox.)*


Mid-Term Exam


Final Exam




* Two points will be deducted for each day an assignment is turned in late.


Letter Grade
















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Please refer to the University Grading Policy for Undergraduate Courses for additional information about University grading policies.

If, for reasons beyond the student's control, a student is prevented from completing a course within the prescribed time, the grade in that course may be deferred with the concurrence of the instructor. The symbol DF appears on the student's transcript until the course has been completed. Non-emergency permission for filing a deferred grade must be requested by the student before the beginning of the final examination period. In an emergency situation, an instructor can approve a deferred grade after the final exam period has started. Under emergency conditions during which the instructor is unavailable, authorization is required from one of the following: the dean of the college in which the candidate is enrolled; the executive director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies if the student is enrolled in that division or is a provisional student; or the campus chancellor of the student's associated Penn State campus.

For additional information please refer to the Deferring a Grade page.

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Academic Integrity

According to Penn State policy G-9: Academic Integrity , an academic integrity violation is “an intentional, unintentional, or attempted violation of course or assessment policies to gain an academic advantage or to advantage or disadvantage another student academically.” Unless your instructor tells you otherwise, you must complete all course work entirely on your own, using only sources that have been permitted by your instructor, and you may not assist other students with papers, quizzes, exams, or other assessments. If your instructor allows you to use ideas, images, or word phrases created by another person (e.g., from Course Hero or Chegg) or by generative technology, such as ChatGPT, you must identify their source. You may not submit false or fabricated information, use the same academic work for credit in multiple courses, or share instructional content. Students with questions about academic integrity should ask their instructor before submitting work.

Students facing allegations of academic misconduct may not drop/withdraw from the affected course unless they are cleared of wrongdoing (see G-9: Academic Integrity ). Attempted drops will be prevented or reversed, and students will be expected to complete course work and meet course deadlines. Students who are found responsible for academic integrity violations face academic outcomes, which can be severe, and put themselves at jeopardy for other outcomes which may include ineligibility for Dean’s List, pass/fail elections, and grade forgiveness. Students may also face consequences from their home/major program and/or The Schreyer Honors College.

How Academic Integrity Violations Are Handled
World Campus students are expected to act with civility and personal integrity; respect other students' dignity, rights, and property; and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their own efforts. An environment of academic integrity is requisite to respect for oneself and others, as well as a civil community.

In cases where academic integrity is questioned, the Policy on Academic Integrity indicates that procedure requires an instructor to inform the student of the allegation. Procedures allow a student to accept or contest a charge. If a student chooses to contest a charge, the case will then be managed by the respective college or campus Academic Integrity Committee. If that committee recommends an administrative sanction (Formal Warning, Conduct Probation, Suspension, Expulsion), the claim will be referred to the Office of Student Accountability and Conflict Response.

All Penn State colleges abide by this Penn State policy, but review procedures may vary by college when academic dishonesty is suspected. Information about Penn State's academic integrity policy and college review procedures is included in the information that students receive upon enrolling in a course. To obtain that information in advance of enrolling in a course, please contact us by going to the Contacts & Help page .

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University Policies

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Additional Policies

For information about additional policies regarding Penn State Access Accounts; credit by examination; course tuition, fees, and refund schedules; and drops and withdrawals, please see the World Campus Student Center website.

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