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BL4289   Animal Cognition

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged

In this module we will investigate the cognitive abilities of animals, with particular interest in understanding the adaptive value of those abilities. This means that although we will develop an understanding of animal cognition based on standard animal models (typically rats and pigeons), we will extend those principles to addressing cognitive abilities in 'real' animals behaving in the 'real' world. We will use Shettleworth's book, already the key animal cognition text, as our starting point with student-led seminars providing breadth by presenting examples from the recent burgeoning of literature on non-model animals. The result will be a stimulating opportunity to develop a critical understanding of how animals perceive their world, how their cognitive abilities are shaped by that world and how those abilities lead to reproductive success.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass BL3319

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take BL5441

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2-hour seminar (x 10 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 133

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Professor S D Healy
Module teaching staff: Prof S Healy