|Course code module||3BBIO-K-03|
|Study load (hours)||112|
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 2nd semester|
|Contract restriction information:||exam contract not possible|
Basic knowledge of Behavioural Biology
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
The student will have the ability to observe and interpret behaviour and to independently establish and implement behavioural protocols, analysis and interpretation of simple observational data and to establish simple behavioural experiments. The student can successfully complete an assignment by means of writing a paper or essay. He or she can confidently 1. Ask pertinent questions in the context of the behavioural research; 2. knows how hypothesis and predictions can be tested on the basis of behavioural data; 3. Knows how behavioural data can be processed, interpreted and presented.
3. Course content
This course is designed to provide a variety of techniques and excercises that actively engage students in all phases of the scientific investigation of animal behaviour, from formulating research questions through analysing, interpreting and presenting final results.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: Exercise sessionsSeminars (possible question and answer sessions)Skills training
Personal work: Assignments - individualAssignments - in groupSupervised self-study
5. Assessment method
Continuous assessment: ExercisesAssignmentsCase studies
Written assignment: With oral presentation
6. Compulsory reading – study material
The necessary texts shall be provided.
7. Recommended reading - study material
Martin, P. & Bateson, P. 1994. Measuring behaviour. Cambridge University Press.
Ploger, B.J. & Yasukawa, K. 2003. Exploring animal behavior in laboratory and field. An hypothesis-testing approach to the development, causation, function and evolution of animal behavior. Academic Press. 472. pagina's.
Barnard, C., Gilbert, F. & McGregor, P. 2001. Asking questions in biology. Key skills for practical assessments and project work. Second edition. Prentice Hall.
The lecturers can always be contacted when students have questions or need additional information.