Public University of Navarre

Academic year: 2023/2024 | Previous academic years:  2022/2023  |  2021/2022  |  2020/2021  |  2019/2020 
Bachelor's degree in Agricultural, Food and Rural Environment Engineering at the Universidad Pública de Navarra
Course code: 501006 Subject title: INSECT FARMING
Credits: 3 Type of subject: Optative Year: 4 Period: 1º S
Department: Agronomía, Biotecnología y Alimentación

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  • Model systems of farmed insects and potential for innovative systems.
  • Biological and engineering requirements of insect farms.
  • Industrial products and processes from insect farms.
  • Environmental, economic and social impact of insect farms.




General proficiencies

CG1: Capacity for planning, designing, drafting, and signing projects aimed at constructing, remodelling , repairing, conservation, demolition, manufacturing, installation, assembly and the exploitation of moveable and immovable goods and property that due to their nature and features are included within the very techniques of agricultural and farm production (installations and buildings, farms, infrastructure, rural roads), the agro-food industry (extractive, fermentative, dairy, canning, fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, salted fish industries, and in general, any other dedicated to the preparation and/or processing, conservation, handling, distribution of food products), and gardening and landscaping (urban and/or rural green spaces, parks, gardens, greenhouses, urban forest, etc., public and private sporting installations, and environments undergoing landscape recovery).
GC2: Adequate knowledge of the physical problems, technologies, equipment, and water and energy supply systems, the limits imposed by budgetary factors and building regulations, the relationships between installations and/or buildings with farms, agro-food industries and spaces related to gardening and landscaping with their social and environmental surroundings, as well as the need to relate those surroundings from that environment with human needs and environmental protection.


Specific proficiencies

SC11: Ability to recognize, understand and utilize the base principles of animal production. Ability to define and design livestock facilities.

SC20:Ability to recognize, understand, and utilize the principles of engineering and food technology: food engineering and basic
operations, food technology, food industry processes, modelling and optimization. Quality management and food safety, food analysis, traceability.

SC22: Ability to recognize, understand, and utilize the principles of animal production technologies: animal anatomy, animal physiology, animal production, protection, and exploitation systems. Animal production techniques. Genetics and animal breeding.


Learning outcomes

R1. To understand the importance of insect farming for different purposes, particularly for human and animal nutrition.

R2. To be able to design innovative farming systems and food products with edible insects.

R3. To be aware of the economic, social and environmental impact of insect farms.




Methodology - Activity No. of hours
A-1 Lectures/readings/discussions 30
A-4 Assignments & group projects 25
A-6. Tutorage 10
A-7 Exams 10
Total 75


The course has been structured into seven modules (approx. one per week) each comprising several activities, which include:

  • Lectures, presented as recorded videos and readings.
  • One team assignment or project. It will be accomplished throughout the entire course period. Each team will consist of 2-3 students and will prepare a presentation of the work done in the final module.
  • Discussion forums. To expose problems, challenges and potential solutions arising from the modules. These forums will be led and moderated by the instructors, who will grade the quality and quantity of student participations.
  • Quizzes.They will consist of questions on the study material. 

Instructors will be available for synchronous tutorages weekly to answer questions related to the study material or the assignments.

A final exam will address questions from all course topics at the end of the course.




Weight (%) It allows
test resit
required grade
LO1-LO3 Quizzes and final exam 50 Yes, recovery exam  
LO2 Group project presentation 35 Resubmission of reviewed assignment  
LO1-LO3 Discussion forums 15 No  

If the student did not get the minimum grade to weigh in any of the activities, the grade of the subject would be 4.9 out of 10 at most (fail). 



Module 1. Introduction to insect farming
Module 2. Basic entomology for insect farming
Module 3. Farming systems for edible insects
Module 4. Environmental requirements for edible insect farming
Module 5. Design and operation of insect farms
Module 6. Impact of edible insect farming
Module 7. Wrap up of the course



Access the bibliography that your professor has requested from the Library.

Basic bibliography:

  • Dossey AT, Morales-Ramos JA, Rojas MG. 2016. Insects as sustainable food ingredients. Academic Press. Libro electrónico en Biblioteca UPNA.
  • Van Huis A & Tomberlin JK. 2017. Insects as food and feed: from production to consumption. Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • Veldkamp T, Claeys J, Haenen OLM, van Loon JJA, Spranghers T. 2022. The basics of edible insect rearing: handbook for the production chain. Wageningen Academic Publishers. Libro electrónico. ISBN: 9789086869022

Complementary bibliography:

  • Hanboonsoong Y, Jamjanya T, Durst PB. 2013. Six-legged livestock: edible insect farming, collecting and marketing in Thailand. FAO (free pdf in FAO webpage).
  • Schneider JC. 2009. Principles and Procedures for Rearing High Quality Insects. Mississippi State University.
  • Singh P & Moore RF. 1985. Handbook of Insect Rearing. Elsevier, Oxford, UK.