|Course code module||MBIO10141|
|Study load (hours)||140|
|Language of instruction:||English|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 1st semester|
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Basic knowledge of evolutionary principles and Animal behaviour
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
The students are able to analyse behavioural variation in an evolutionary framework. They have insight in the most important concepts and models in behavioural ecology. They are able to read and interpret specialised papers on behavioural ecology.
3. Course content
This course addresses the analysis of behavioural variation in an evolutionary framework. Students are familiarised with the main concepts and approaches in Behavioural Ecology by means of formal lectures and directed self-study. The following topics are addressed:
Introduction to behavioural ecology with an overview of the most important research methods and fundamental concepts
Sexual selection, sperm competition, pairing strategies and parental care
Communication and signal evolution
Phylogentical methods and behavioural ecology
strategies and habitat choice
Introduction to game theory with application to conflict models
interaction of individuals: living in groups, colonies, cooperation and altruism
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: Lectures
Personal work: Supervised self-study
5. Assessment method
Exam: Written, without oral presentationClosed bookOpen questions
Continuous assessment: Assignments
6. Compulsory reading – study material
Syllabus and powerpoint presentations are made available, together with scientific papers for reading.
7. Recommended reading - study material
Danchin, Giraldeau & Cézilly, Behavioural Ecology. OxfordUniversity Press 2008.
The lecturers can always be contacted when students have questions or need additional information.
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