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BIO3046 : Hormones and Behaviour (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Timothy Boswell
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aims of this module are to consider the relationship between hormones and behaviour (and vice versa) as important physiological mechanisms for understanding how vertebrate animals behave; to introduce and review the endocrine system and the techniques used to study it; to consider how the endocrine system regulates key vertebrate behaviours such as reproductive, social and feeding behaviours; to consider and apply the principles of experimental design of behavioural endocrinology

Outline Of Syllabus

This module takes a broad perspective on vertebrate behavioural endocrinology including examples from laboratory animals and humans and extending to laboratory and field studies of wild animal species. Lecture topics include:

History of behavioural endocrinology and review of the endocrine system.
Techniques and experimental approaches.
Female and male reproductive behaviours.
Hormones and social behaviour.
Homeostasis and behaviour: appetite and body mass regulation.
Hormones and stress.

Coursework comprises a report on designing behavioural endocrinology experiments.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Research, preparation and completion of written assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:307:00Exam revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture141:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final Exam
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading141:0014:00Lecture follow-up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00Study of relevant scientific literature
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study142:0028:00Study of course textbook
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures explain key concepts and outline illustrative examples. The coursework assessment emphasises the importance of experimental design in behavioural endocrinology studies. Guided independent study is needed for students to absorb and evaluate lecture information, to reinforce their understanding by reference to a course textbook and to recent scientific publications to provide examples of the latest developments in the field.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M20Report on experimental design 1000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam assesses students’ ability to arrange, integrate and interpret subject specific information to produce a well-argued and accurate account of how endocrine systems influence behaviour. The written exercise assesses the ability of students to evaluate, analyse and articulate what is needed for appropriately designed experiments in behavioural endocrinology.

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