BIO2013 : Animal Behaviour
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Domhnall Jennings
- Lecturer: Dr John Skelhorn
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
The study of animal behaviour is a large discipline encompassing both the mechanisms and evolutionary function of the way that animals interact with their environment and with each other. This module is designed to provide the student with a comprehensive introduction to the scientific approach of studying, quantifying, and interpreting animal behaviour. Lectures focus on examples from the literature which illustrate important principles of animal behaviour taking both a mechanistic and an behavioural ecology approach. Practicals are designed to enable the students to design, conduct, analyze, and interpret scientific experiments using lab-based assays of animal behaviour.
Outline Of Syllabus
The topics covered in this module include:
* Introduction to the evolution of behaviour
* Neural and physiological mechanisms of behaviour
* Major themes in animal behaviour including (but not limited to) sexual selection, mating systems, parental care, foraging, predator-prey interaction and group living
* Methods for animal behaviour, data analysis and scientific hypothesis testing
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||2||3:00||6:00||Practical reports|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||2:00||2:00||Final exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||14||0:30||7:00||Revision for final exam|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||14||1:00||14:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||14||1:30||21:00||Completion of post-lecture directed reading|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||2||3:00||6:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||30:00||30:00||Study of lectures, ReCap, Blackboard etc.|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||14||1:00||14:00||Lecture follow up|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Information for students will be provided by lectures and practicals. The lectures will provide students with examples and the theoretical interpretation of animal behaviour from both a physiological and evolutionary scientific perspective. The practicals will provide students with direct experience of experimental design, analysis, and reporting from animal behaviour.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||1||M||20||Practical Report 1500 words max|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The final written examination will assess the knowledge and ability to understand and relate the main concepts covered in the course. The practical reports will assess the ability of students to synthesize and present the materials and methods from the practical experiments.
Study Abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the format of the paper may differ from that shown in the MOF. Study Abroad students should contact the school to discuss this.