|| BS23520 |
|| ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR |
|| 2007/2008 |
|| Dr Robert J Wootton |
|| Semester 1 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 30 x 1h lectures |
|| Practical || 15 Hours. 5 x 3 hours to be spent on individual project |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||3 Hours Theory examination ||70%|
|Semester Assessment|| Individual project To be submitted 6th week of semester ||30%|
On completion of the module students will be able to
- use the primary literature to expand their interest in animal behaviour
- be able to describe, with suitable examples, the basic concepts of the subject as outlined above
. provide objective, qualitative and quantitative descriptions of animal behaviour.
The module introduces the basic principles of animal behaviour (ethology), by considering Tinbergen's four questions. The importance of adopting an objective approach to the description and interpretation of behaviour is emphasised.
The module discusses the basic principles of ethology under four headings: causation of behaviour, development (ontogeny) of behaviour, evolution of behaviour and function of behaviour, i.e. Tinbergen's four questions: what causes behaviour, how does it develop during ontogeny, how did itevolve and what is its function (adaptive significance). Topics covered include stimulus filtering, "releasers", species typical behaviour ("fixed action patterns"), models of motivation, effect of hormones on behaviour, genotypic influences on behaviour, learning, ritualization, phylogeny of behaviour, the use of game theory and cost-benefit analysis in behavioural ecology. Methods of describing behaviour are also discussed. In the discussion of the function of behaviour, more emphasis is placed on methods of modeling behaviour. Topics are drawn from habitat selection, ideal free distribution, foraging and the use of optimal foraging models, social behaviour, territoriality, mating and parental behaviour. The relevant text is Krebs & Davies (1993).
** Essential Reading
Barnard, C. (2004) Animal Behaviour: Mechanism, Development, Function, Evolution.
Martin, P. & Bateson, P. (1993) Measuring behaviour
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
** Supplementary Text
Alcock, J. (2001) Animal behaviour
Sinauer, Sunderland. Mass
Krebs, J.R. & Davies, N.B. (1993) An introduction to behavioural ecology
Manning, A. & Stamp Dawkins, M. (1998) An introduction to Animal Behaviour
Cambridge; Cambridge University Press.
Mcfarland, D. (1999) Animal Behaviour
Scott, G. (2005) Essential Animal Behaviour.
This module is at CQFW Level 5