Function and Evolution of Behaviour

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WMBC004-04
Vaknaam Function and Evolution of Behaviour
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
ECTS 4
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Function and Evolution of Behaviour
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1) Identify and explain the 4 why questions (development, causation, evolution and adaptive significance) and apply
these perspectives to selected topics in behavioural biology.
2) Apply general academic skills: acquire and synthesise information, critically read scientific literature, ask questions, present scientific information both orally and in writing, design research.
Omschrijving The course is part of the B-track (Animal and Human Behaviour) of the selective Research Master Program in Behavioural & Cognitive Neurosciences.
The course gives students an overview of the state-of-the-art of selected topics in Behavioural Biology from an
evolutionary point of view. Students are also greatly encouraged to develop basic scientific skills: acquisition and synthesis of information, critical reading and writing, asking questions, oral presentation, design of experiments and research programs.
The course unit is compulsory for the B-track of the BCN MSc degree programme, which is designed for students who are familiar with the basic theoretical foundations of behavioural research.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Bijeenkomst (S), Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Practisch werk (PRC), Werkcollege (T)
(Everything is mandatory - if a student cannot attend part of the course we try to find a solution.)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST), Practisch werk (PR), Presentatie (P), Verslag (R)
(The final grade is based on a total of about 5 different assignments. For 2 of these, feedback is provided by one of the teachers within a few days, i.e. before the next assignment is due.)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. M.E. Maan
Docent(en) prof. dr. M.E. Maan ,prof. dr. S. Verhulst
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie, 20:410-433 1963 Tinbergen
Entreevoorwaarden The course unit assumes prior knowledge acquired from one of the following BSc programmes: Life Sciences and Technology, Psychology, Medicine, Biology or Artificial Intelligence, or equivalent. Some familiarity with proximate and ultimate perspectives on animal and human behaviour is assumed, obtained from previous studies and/or from the course that precedes this one in the B-track: WMBC011-05 (Timing of Behaviour).
Opmerkingen This course is available for BCN research master students only.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences: Behavioural Neurosciences  (Compulsory course units) 1 semester I a verplicht
MSc Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences: Cognitive Neuroscience & Modelling  (Electives: courses from other tracks) 2 semester I a keuze
MSc Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences: Molecular & Clinical Neurosciences  (Electives: courses from other tracks) 2 semester I a keuze