|Course code module||MBIO20331|
|Study load (hours)||112|
|Language of instruction:||English|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 2nd semester|
|Contract restriction information:|
General background in biology. Basic knowledge of behaviour, ecology, evolutionary theory
Note: this course is not taught in 2010-2011
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
Students gain insight in a number of fundamental aspects of bird biology, with a specific focus on the integration of research disciplines (morphology, fysiology, behaviour, ecology). They become familiar with the specificities of research on birds, as illustrated by several examples.
3. Course content
The course starts with a brief overview of typical characteristics of birds and addresses some new insighs in evolution and taxonomy of birds. An excursion offers an initial training in species identification. A number of typical elements from the lifestyle of birds are discussed such as migration, navigation and orientation, communcation and cognition, and sexual selection. Finally the course addresses the conservation of bird populations, and the use of birds as indicators of biodiversity and environmental quality.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: LecturesSeminars (possible question and answer sessions)
Personal work: Excursion(s)
5. Assessment method
Exam: Oral, with written preparation
6. Compulsory reading – study material
7. Recommended reading - study material
The lecturers can always be contacted when students have questions or need additional information.
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