What is BCE 100- Online?
The Basic Course in Entomology (BCE 100) is a revised online version of the
previous correspondence course- Distance Learning in Basic Entomology. It is a
[Untitled] hybrid course with online (asynchronous) and face to face
(synchronous) activities interwoven through the course work. The course content
is developed by subject matter experts (SMEs). The synchronous activities
include online chat sessions with SMEs and field trips. The asynchronous
activities include online learning through range of weekly assignments.
What are the benefits?
On successful completion
students will receive a certificate in BCE 100 with appropriate grades. Also as
the name suggests, the course will develop basic skills required for
entomologist among the students. The students will gain required knowledge
through the chapters, online discussions and field activities. They will get
opportunities to interact with SMEs and learn about their works. As an outcome
of the course, each student will carry out documentation of local insect fauna
which results into a compilation of scientific publication. Lastly as a group,
the students will develop expertise in insect studies which will be useful in
taking up bigger challenges for studying insects with respect to their life
history, behavior, ecology and also contribute to the ongoing entomological
researches carried across the country e.g. One of the BCE alumni is working on
the documentation of moths of Arunachal Pradesh.
Who should enroll?
Anyone with an interest to learn about insects and its conservation are eligible to apply. There are three types
of learners; Academic, Professional and Lifelong, check out which category do you belong? The basic
qualification is S.S.C. with or without science background. Other requirements include, proficiency in computer
operation and internet browsing, willing to dedicate minimum 2 hours every day for the course work. Take a test
to know if you could be a Distant Learner.
What is the course
The course includes 12 chapters
on following topics. The chapters are illustrated and written in simple
English. Each chapter is of 25-30 pages.
- Insect Introduction
- Butterflies and Moths
- Grasshoppers and crickets
- Cockroaches and Praying Mantids
- Stick Insects and Leaf Insects
- Wasps, Bees, Ants
- True flies
- Dragonflies and Damselflies
- Miscellaneous Insect Groups
What is the course schedule?
The course duration is one year (start date: June 2014 end date: May 2015). The online weekly assignments
start on Tuesday and end on Saturday. The monthly field activities are usually held on Sundays if it
is day trip or Friday-Sunday in case of overnight camps. The calendar of events will be made available upon
What is the course delivery?
As a course management system-Lore features will be used which is like Facebook.
Student should have access to computer, internet with audio-video facilities and also
own a digital camera. In order to orient the students, an overnight course
orientation camp will be held at the beginning of the course and a wrap-up camp
at the end of the course.
What are the course deliverables?
The details of the assignments
are given below:
- Text Reading:
Every month one chapter will be made available online for
students to read. If required, students can take a print out of the
Every month subject specific PowerPoint presentations will be
made available online. Students are expected to access it as and when
possible during the specified period. These presentations could be
downloaded by students.
- Local Day Trips:
There are 8 day-trips planned throughout the year. Students
are expected to attend 5 trips on compulsorily basis to receive full grades.
After each trip a brief report need to be submitted. The format of the
report will be provided, if required. Outstation students have a facility to do the day
trip at a forest patch nearby their place. However they need to submit the report for
- Field Camps:
There are 5 camps organized throughout the year. Out of the five
camps students are expected to attend 3 camps on compulsory basis
to receive full grades. In these three camps students are expected to
attend the inaugural and wrap-up camps on compulsory basis. In
case of the third camp students also have facility of attending BNHS
membership camps as per their convenience and choice. For
attending these camps, BNHS membership is required. A camp report must be submitted
after each camp attended. The format of the report will be provided, if required.
- Image Sharing:
Students are encouraged to carry out photo documentation of
their field trips and camps. We have sessions wherein students can share
their images with other students. The SMEs will identify the images and
everyone will have access to the image folders.
- Favourite Entomological News:
In order to keep the group abreast of development on
entomology across the globe, every month it is expected every student
chooses his/her favourite e-news and share it with others.
- Online Activities:
In order to keep yourself updated with research
work in the field of entomolgy, you are expected to refer to scientific
papers online and submit your abstracts. There are 11 written assignments of which
only 10 are compulsory. Besides there are several other online activities which are
- SME Chats:
Every month as per the subject, a chat session with the SME is
planned. There are 11 sessions of which only 5 sessions are compulsory for
receiving full grades. The chats will be planned as per the availability
- Final Project:
The outcome of the course experience is to study local insect
diversity. Each student is expected to study their local insect fauna and
contribute to a scientific publication This is a yearlong project and
there are deliverables every month.
What is the grading structure?
The course is of 25 credits (30
hours= 1 credit). The grading structure for the assignments is given below:
Field Trips & Camps
Based on the aggregate points,
students may receive grades ranging from "A" to "D". There is no final exam at
the end of the course. Students who are unable to fulfil the course
requirements may not receive their certificates.
What is the course fee structure?
The tuition fee is Rs. 9,990/-. The fee includes course orientation camp at CEC and day trips in and
around Mumbai. Transport, wrap-up and outstation camps are not included.
IWC members get a discount of 5% on the course fee and will pay a course fee of Rs. 9,490/- only.
Who is managing this
Dr. V.Shubhalaxmi, Center
Manager is the Course Co-ordinator, Ms. Priti Choghale, Senior Education Office
is the Course Executive. The course will be run with help of the SMEs within
and outside BNHS.
How to Register?
Click on the link below to apply online
Registration form for Basic Course in Entomology - BCE100
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