|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
1. To provide knowledge about how animals behave, why behaviours have evolved, and why the study of animal behaviour is important for research in other disciplines.
2. To use a variety of topics to illustrate how to measure and study behaviour, and enable students to understand and interpret primary research papers in various areas of animal behaviour.
Why do birds sing? Why do meerkats look out for each other? Why do we study animal behaviour, and what does it tell us about our own behaviour? This course take an evolutionary point of view to answers these (and many other) fundamental questions, and looks at how we can understand why animals do what they do.
The course will be made up of seminars and lectures on a variety of topics, including:
Predators and prey
Evolution of complex cognition and behaviour
Social learning and behaviour
Evolution of human behaviour
1. To increase the understanding of the important role that evolution has played in influencing the animal behaviours that we see today.
2. To improve students’ appreciation of the methods used to study animal behaviour, and provide them with a wealth of scientific studies that are the basis of this knowledge.
3. To build on knowledge of animal behaviour and evolution taught in Stages 1 and 2.
1. To critically evaluate theories and data using the primary research literature.
2. To develop and discuss solutions to research problems in seminars.
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||3||1:00||3:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||11||1:00||11:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||5||1:00||5:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||5||1:00||5:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||76||1:00||76:00||N/A|
|BIO3014||Evolution and Behaviour|
The weekly lectures will provide the basic theoretical framework for the course, and introduce students to current concepts and ideas in behaviour and evolution. They will also use recent data to support these ideas, and provide students with fundamental knowledge of the subject area.
The seminars will provide students with an opportunity to discuss current issues in animal behaviour and use what they have learned in the lectures. Seminars will be based upon group problem-solving, and will ensure students’ fluency with interpreting data within a theoretical framework.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||120||1||A||100||Unseen, no books, 2 answers from a choice of 6|
|Module Code||Module Title||Semester||Comment|
|BIO3014||Evolution and Behaviour||1||N/A|
Methods of Assessment:
Methods of Assessment:
The resit exam will have the same format.
Rationale and Relationship of assessment methods to learning outcomes:
The written examination is used to assess: knowledge, independent learning and understanding of material relevant to the module; gathering of information from a variety of sources; understanding and application of theoretical concepts; critical evaluation of arguments and evidence; the ability to communicate effectively in writing; understanding and articulation of critical issues in animal behaviour; understanding and interpretation of primary research data in a wider theoretical context; the ability for critical thought and original approach.
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