|Delivery length / details
|6 x 1 Hour Miscellaneous
|1 x 3 Hour Workshop
|22 x 1 Hour Lectures
|1 x 4 Hour Practical
|Assessment length / details
|Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.
|2 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. Explain adaptive animal behaviour based upon the neural mechanisms that underlie it.
2. Recognise key principles within behavioural mechanisms.
3. Critically evaluate research findings in neuroethology.
4. Discuss the tools and approaches that researchers use/have used to assess the neural basis of animal behaviour.
Behavioural Neurobiology introduces a range of neural, and neuroendocrine, mechanisms that underpin animal behaviour. It draws examples from a broad range of animal taxa (both vertebrate and invertebrate) where mechanisms of behaviour are becoming well understood. Teaching focuses on an in depth analysis of example systems of particular interest.
To introduce students to the neural mechanisms that underlie animal behaviour, and the ways in which scientists can investigate these mechanisms.
Lectures will consider the mechanisms behind a variety of simple animal behaviours, aiming to introduce students to the key principles underlying the production of behaviour. They will also consider the ways in which such mechanisms can be modified by internal and external factors to produce adaptive modifications in animal behaviour over a range of timescales.
Two practical sessions will allow students to conduct real or simulated neuroethological investigations, which may be written up in a variety of formats for assessment.
|Application of Number
|It is expected that students will conduct statistical analyses of data collected in practicals.
|Students will be produce reports on laboratory practicals which will require them to develop good skills in effective science communication. This will be assessed through laboratory practical reports.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Not a significant component of assessment in this module. However, students will be provided with feedback on assessed exercises and, by attending to that, it is hoped that they will improve their skills.
|It is expected that students will word process reports, use spreadsheet programs to handle data and graph findings, and statistical programs to analyse data. The correct application of this technology will be assessed via practical reports.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Not a significant component of this module.
|Not a significant component of assessment in this module, although students will be required to problem solve during lectures and practicals.
|Students will be required to engage with the peer-reviewed research literature and this will require effective use of scientific search engines, and critical reading and appraisal of scientific papers. Effective use of the peer-reviewed literature will be assessed via practical reports and examination.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Not a significant component of this module, although students may be required to work as a team during laboratory work.
This module is at CQFW Level 6