|| BS34420 |
|| CURRENT TOPICS IN BEHAVIOURAL BIOLOGY |
|| 2007/2008 |
|| Dr Rupert C Marshall |
|| Semester 2 |
|| BS23520 OR BS25420 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 20 x 1h lectures |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 5 x 1h seminars/tutorials
5 x 3 hour workshops |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||3 Hours Written Exam ||70%|
|Semester Assessment|| Literature Review ||20%|
|Semester Assessment|| Presentation ||10%|
|Supplementary Exam||3 Hours Written Exam ||70%|
|Supplementary Assessment|| Resubmission of failed coursework or alternative ||30%|
On completion of the module, students will have covered sufficient material in lectures, tutorials, research seminars and in their recommended reading to enable them to
describe critically and coherently the importance of behavioural biology in contemporary scientific and lay society
interpret accurately the findings and limitations, and be able to summarise efficiently, the results of published studies
identify future research areas and the potential for collaboration with other branches of science.
This module will use a combination of lectures, tutorial sessions and research seminars provided by internal and external speakers to provide students with a critical knowledge of topics in behavioural biology that are of importance in contemporary science. The course will emphasise the growing collaborations between behavioral science and other disciplines. A key aim of the course will be to train students in accurately and critically interpreting the results of behavioural studies.
The module will include research topics of current importance in behavioural biology. Recent topics have included: Male & female effects on the evolution of sperm competition; Ontogeny and the role of the brain in behaviour. The role of behavioural studies in determining the success of habitat restoration and conservation programmes. The role of pollutants on individual behaviour, fitness and population stability. How and why parasite infections alter host behaviour. The evolution of signalling systems (e.g. birdsong). Insights into behaviour gained from technology, including DNA fingerprinting, molecular biology, neurobiology and artificial intelligence. How the welfare of animals in domestic / entertainment environments may be realistically improved using knowledge gained from behavioural studies. Behavioural knowledge as a tool in disease control and pest management. The importance of critically appraising the findings and accurately reporting the results of scientific studies.
** Recommended Text
Krebs, J.R. & Davies, N.B. (1997) Behavioural ecology: an evolutionary approach
Alcock, John (c2005.) Animal behavior :an evolutionary approach /John Alcock. http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip059/2005006804.html
Sinauer Associates 0878930051
Barnard, C. J. (2004.) Animal behaviour :mechanism, development, function, and evolution /Chris Barnard.
Pearson Education 0130899364
This module is at CQFW Level 6