Behavioural Biology

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WBBY013-05
Vaknaam Behavioural Biology
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Behavioural Biology
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1) formulate functional and mechanistic questions with regard to behaviour.
2) explain how the existence of trade-offs can explain behavioural variation - also in a new context.
3) give examples of the use of information from other disciplines to answer mechanistic questions regarding behaviour.
4) has acquired specific knowledge with regard to selected behavioural biological subjects.
5) present a critical attitude towards research results including professional literature.
Omschrijving The aim of the course is to provide a theoretical and conceptual basis for a good understanding of the most important questions and methods in behavioural biology. Attention is paid to mechanisms (how?) as well as function and evolution (why?) of behaviour, and to the integration of both perspectives. Topics include: the evolution of behaviour, sexual selection, development of behaviour, foraging behaviour, communication and cognition.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Practisch werk (PRC), Werkcollege (T)
(LC-20hrs, T-1hr, P-8hrs, self-study 111 hrs)
Toetsvorm Meerkeuze toets (MC), Schriftelijk tentamen (WE), Tussentoets (IT)
(Written exams with open questions and MC questions; together the 2 exams must yield a grade above 5.5.)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator prof. dr. M.E. Maan
Docent(en) prof. dr. A.G.G. Groothuis , Guest lecturer ,prof. dr. C.K. Hemelrijk ,prof. dr. M.E. Maan ,dr. B.J. Riedstra
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Animal Behavior; Concepts, methods and
applications 2nd 2017
Nordell & Valone
Students receive printed information about the practicals.
Entreevoorwaarden PLEASE NOTE
This course unit is only accessible to students enrolled in the Bachelor's programmes Biology or old curriculum Life Science & Technology. Students following other degree programmes cannot follow this course unit and will be unenrolled in Progress.
Opmerkingen Practicals are mandatory; students who participated in an earlier edition of the course are exempted from the practical, if they previously obtained a sufficient grade for this course element (part of the written exam).

Guest lecturers: Barbara Helm, Mick Elliot, Bregje Wertheim
Opgenomen in
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