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Module

BIO2013 : Animal Behaviour

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Lucy Asher
  • Lecturer: Dr Catherine Douglas
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The study of animal behaviour is a large discipline encompassing both the mechanisms and evolutionary functions of the ways that animals interact with their environment and with each other. This module provides the student with a comprehensive introduction to the scientific approach to 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 a behavioural ecology approach. Practicals enable the students to design, conduct, analyse, and interpret scientific experiments using lab-based assays of animal behaviour.

Outline Of Syllabus

The topics covered in this module include:

* Introduction to the study of animal behaviour
* Evolutionary and immediate causes of behaviour including neural and physiological mechanisms of behaviour
* Major themes in animal behaviour which may include sexual selection, mating systems, parental care, foraging, predator-prey interaction, group living, human influence
* Methods for studying animal behaviour, including data analysis and scientific hypothesis testing

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials161:0016:00Fourteen sets of online lecture material broken up by quizes, questions and interactive content
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion31:003:00Formative MCQs
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion32:006:00Summative MCQs
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Write up of laboratory practical
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:004:00Report writing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Animal Behaviour practical of stick insect behaviour in labs
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading142:3035:00Scientific papers and Text book reading
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities141:0014:00Quizes, questions and interactive content related to lecture material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching71:007:00Study group activities and feedback
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Information for students will be provided by online lecture material with additional quizzes, supported study group sessions, directed reading and by practicals. The online lecture material will provide students with a framework for theoretical interpretation of animal behaviour with examples, from both a physiological and an evolutionary perspective. The practical will provide students with knowledge of techniques to measure animal behaviour and experience of experimental design, recording analysis, and reporting of animal behaviour.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M60Summative Practical write-up
Computer assessment1M40Online MCQ/short summative answer quiz after formative practice quizzes
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MFormative tests
Practical/lab report1MFormative practical write up
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Completing the practical write-up will develop the skills needed to design, analyse, and interpret a simple study of behaviour. The formative and summative questions through-out the course are to help students assimilate and test ability to apply taught material.
Study Abroad students may request to take their assessment early if necessary and should contact the school if they would like to explore this option.
"The practical write-up will develop and assess the skills needed to design, analyse, and interpret a simple study of behaviour. The formative and summative quizzes throughout the course help students assimilate and test their ability to apply taught material.

[No need for Study Abroad option]"

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