|Delivery length / details
|10 x 1 Hour Tutorials
|33 x 1 Hour Lectures
|Assessment length / details
|Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.
|3 Hours Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Describe critically and coherently the importance of behavioural biology in contemporary scientific and lay society
2. Interpret and communicate accurately the findings and limitations of published studies in the primary scientific literature
3. Objectively describe and discuss key theories in the field of animal behaviour
4. Identify future research areas within the topics covered and the potential for collaboration with other branches of science.
This module tackles advanced topics of contemporary importance in the field of animal behaviour. A combination of lectures, external speakers, small group discussions and student presentations encourages connections to be made between disparate areas of behavioural research and other disciplines.
The module focuses on the importance of critically appraising and accurately reporting the results of scientific studies. It is taught through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, discussion sessions and research seminars provided by internal and external speakers, providing students with a critical knowledge of, and an ability to interpret and discuss, topics in behavioural biology that are of importance in contemporary science.
|Application of Number
|Not a significant element of this module.
|Listening skills developed through lectures, seminars and class/small group discussions. Oral and poster presentation skills will be developed and assessed during the semester. Written skills will be developed in the literature review and examinations.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Outside the formal contact hours, students will be expected to research materials, manage time and meet deadlines. Coursework elements will provide the opportunity for students to explore their own learning styles and preferences.
|Use of word processing software for literature review preparation. Use of PowerPoint for preparation of oral & poster presentations. Accessing the internet for information sources including use of databases (e.g. Web of Science) to find primary literature.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Students will gain confidence in their ability to evaluate behavioural problems, their ability to present these in a variety of formats to and objectively assess the quality of proposed future research.
|Through lectures and seminars students will become aware of the methods employed in behavioural research. Presentations and written work addressing students' proposals for future research will allow students to gain experience developing hypotheses and designing methods to test them.
|Students will research topics beyond the depth and scope of the lecture material using both recommended reading and independent study. Information from a variety of primary sources will be subjected to critical review and comment. Students will also gather and evaluate information from seminars by guest lecturers.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Ability to critically assess behavioural studies, identify areas ripe for future research and make theoretical connections between disciplines within and outside behavioural biology.
|Students will work in small groups during discussion sessions, preparing arguments for debate.
This module is at CQFW Level 6