Modiwl BSX-2018:
Behavioural Ecology

Ffeithiau’r Modiwl

Rhedir gan School of Natural Sciences

20 Credyd neu 10 Credyd ECTS

Semester 2

Trefnydd: Dr Graeme Shannon

Amcanion cyffredinol

This module takes an evolutionary approach to the study of animal behaviour, with the aim of stimulating a questioning approach to the observation of the natural world. We will observe spectacular, subtle or sometimes surprising behaviours to investigate how animals across a range of taxa increase their chances of survival and reproduction. We will also consider the role of the environment and genes in shaping behaviour, and investigate how social interactions affect individual behavioural decisions. Using practical studies on shore crabs and guppies, we will conduct our own research on animal behaviour, and this will be underpinned by theory which will be introduced in lectures. The module aims to enable students to learn key concepts in behavioural research, and to provide a foundation for developing their own specialist interest in the third year module “Advances in Animal Behaviour” (BNS-3004). By the end of the module, we would expect students to be able to:- o Explain how evolutionary theory can be applied to behavioural mechanisms. o Demonstrate understanding of the key concepts in behavioural studies. o Understand the evolution of a range of behaviours across the animal kingdom. o Apply behavioural theory to explain similarities and differences in behaviour within and between different taxa and life-history stages. o Design and undertake practical work to ask questions about animal behaviour. o Test hypotheses and critically evaluate results.

Cynnwys cwrs

The module will cover key aspects of animal behaviour and will include: Theory on the development of animal behaviour, learning and cognition, social behaviour, economic decision making, sexual selection, predation, mating systems, sexual conflict and parental care. A considerable emphasis will also be placed on practical observation of animal behaviour and how this can be used to frame and test hypotheses to enhance our understanding of the field.

Meini Prawf

trothwy

Basic understanding of scientific methodology. Basic understanding of topics in animal behaviour, and evolutionary concepts and principles relating to animal behaviour. Be able to plan, execute and write-up an independent pieces of practical work, in which qualities such as time management, team-working skills, problem solving and independence are evident, as well as interpretation and critical awareness of the quality of evidence.

da

In depth understanding of scientific methodology. Enhanced understanding of topics in animal behaviour, and evolutionary concepts and principles relating to animal behaviour. Good ability to plan, execute and write-up an independent piece of practical work (Guppy practical), in which qualities such as time management, team-working skills, problem solving and independence are evident, as well as enhanced interpretation and critical awareness of the quality of evidence.

ardderchog

In depth understanding of scientific methodology including evidence of extensive additional reading. Excellent understanding of topics in animal behaviour, and evolutionary concepts and principles relating to animal behaviour. Excellent ability to plan, execute and write-up an independent piece of practical work (Guppy practical), in which qualities such as time management, team-working skills, problem solving and independence are evident, as well as enhanced interpretation and critical awareness of the quality of evidence.

Canlyniad dysgu

  1. Design and undertake practical work focusing on animal behaviour, test hypotheses and critically evaluate results.

  2. Show broad knowledge of different behaviours exhibited across taxa and life-history stages.

  3. Demonstrate understanding of the key concepts in behavioural ecology.

Dulliau asesu

Math Enw Disgrifiad Pwysau
Crab Report 35
Bird Practical 25
End of Module Exam 40

Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu

Oriau
Workshop

1 revision session by core staff.

1
Laboratory

Observation of crab behaviour and morphology in the laboratory. This practical will provide students with feedback on hypothesis formulation, report writing and data presentation to build confidence and enhance research skills.

3
Laboratory

Computer-based practical investigating vigilance behaviour in birds. Students will get practice in framing and testing hypotheses, experimental design, observing animal behaviour, recording, analysing and interpreting data. The assessment will be analysed using an online test.

3
Lecture

18 lectures by core staff

18
Private study 175

Sgiliau Trosglwyddadwy

  • Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
  • Rhifedd - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio rhifau ar lefelau priodol o gywirdeb
  • Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
  • Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
  • Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
  • Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
  • Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
  • Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.

Sgiliau pwnc penodol

  • Develop and identify research question(s) and/or hypotheses as the basis for investigation.
  • Apply subject knowledge to the understanding and addressing of problems.
  • Collect, analyse and interpret primary and/or secondary data using appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative techniques.

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