Animal Behaviour: A Quantitative Approach
SCQF level 9
Academic year(s): 2018-2019
SCOTCAT credits : 20
ECTS credits : 10
Level : SCQF level 9
This module is designed to provide a broad and multifaceted perspective on animal behaviour, emphasising contemporary theoretical, mathematical and statistical approaches to the discipline. Nobel-Prize-winning ethologist, Niko Tinbergen, pointed out that to understand behaviour fully researchers had to answer four types of questions, about its causation, function, development and evolution. All four areas are covered in the course, which includes lectures on the genetic, neural, physiological and experiential (i.e. learning) influences on behaviour; behavioural development; foraging; sexual behaviour, sexual selection and mate choice; communication, cooperation and culture. The course contains extensive material of a formal theoretical nature, and emphasises quantitative skills throughout. Students will be introduced to new mathematical and statistical approaches within the field.
Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass BL2303 or pass BL2307 or pass BL2310
Weekly contact: 3 x 1-hour lectures (x 11 weeks), 3 x 1- hour mini-project group meetings during the semester.
Scheduled learning hours: 36
Guided independent study hours: 164
As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 66%, Coursework = 34%
As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 66%
Practical examinations : 7%
Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 66%, Existing Coursework = 34%