Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode WBLS19046
Vaknaam Self-organization
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Self-organization
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1. State the association between hypotheses and experiments in the computer model
2. Extend the code in the project in a modelling environment (i.e. Netlogo)
3. Clarify the relation between hypotheses, the results and conclusions
4. Communicate clearly the outcomes (including test and graphs) of the experimental model and data-analyses orally (e.g. presentation and communication with supervisors). Present results in a short lecture to others in clear language and well-structured
Omschrijving Processes of self-organisation often stabilise ecological interactions on the one hand and lead complex social behaviour in group-living animals on the other hand. This is often due to the spatial structure which causes processes of self-organisation.
Self-organisation implies that cognitively simple rules at the level of the individual (the so-called micro-level) may lead to complex behaviour at a higher level (the macro-level). This will be illustrated with examples regarding, e.g. spatial configuration of individuals such as predator and prey, host and parasite (often in a spiral shape), and of processes such as the speed of spread of fire, grouping of larvae, segregation of the sexes of humans and cultural processes and social structure in primates, schools of fish, flocks of birds and architectural constructs made by social insects.
Lectures are given in the mornings and practicals in the afternoon. The practical work closely follows the contents of the lecture of each day. During these practicals students learn how to use the user-friendly programming environment Netlogo in combination with data-analysis in spreadsheets.
In the last part of the course, students work on their own modeling project (alone or in pairs).
Projects will be offered, but students can also work on their own ideas. The work is to be rounded off with an end- presentation.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Bijeenkomst (S), Hoorcollege (LC), Practisch werk (PRC), Werkcollege (T)
(Traditional lecture 15 hrs, Seminar 1 hr, Doing a more extensive project in Netlogo under supervision 36 hrs, Exercises 60 hrs, Self study 29 hrs)
Toetsvorm Practisch werk (PR), Presentatie (P), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE)
(Open questions 50%, Scientific presentation on experimental model 25%, Project 25%. Exam and project should be 5.5 or higher.)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator prof. dr. C.K. Hemelrijk
Docent(en) prof. dr. C.K. Hemelrijk
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Preferred literature (not mandatory): Self-organisation in Biological Systems, Princeton University Press, 2001 Camazine and co-authors
Opmerkingen The course unit prepares for and provides
skills usable in the course unit(s) or degree programme(s): master cursus Advanced self-organisation of social systems

Capacity max: 35 students

Certain meetings (supervision moments) and presentations of all students are mandatory.
The consequences are for missing out on them:
Exercises obligatory (max 1 day missing)
Otherwise students are not allowed to participate in the projects (prc/pr)
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