ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR - 2017/8
Module code: BMS3096
School of Biosciences and Medicine
SANTORELLI L Dr (Biosc & Med)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 6
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
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In case the student could not perform one or more practicals for justified absence, alternative materials and appropriate instructions are provided in order to complete the required exercises for the coursework
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
BMS2062 (Animal Biology)
Have you ever wondered why animals behave in the way they do? In this module we will be introduced to some of the most peculiar animal behaviours, and we will learn how to analyse them under the lens of natural selection. The study of animal behaviour gives us a great insight on how animals shape their environment and are shaped by it, and we will learn how important it is for an animal to choose the right strategy whenever foraging, escaping a predator, communicate with others or mating.
Through a series of practicals, lectures and documentaries, we will learn to recognise, quantify and analyse the most significant animal behaviours. This module is designed for students that are curious and fascinated by understanding in depth how animals, and ourselves as humans, behave and look the way they do.
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Indicative content includes:
Introduction to the study and definition of animal behaviour
Quantification and analysis of different animal behaviours
The importance of signals and communication
How sexual selection affected morphology and behaviours
Kin selection, altruism and social behaviour
Game theory and evolutionary stable strategies
Artificial selection, domestic animals and animal welfare
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Give the students the opportunity to understand why animals behave in a certain way and which are the selective pressures that determine these behaviours
The learning and teaching methods include:
Lectures (approximately 24 h, 2-3/week)
Journal clubs and vision of documentaries (6 h)
Practical activities (including measurement and analysis of behaviours; group presentation. 3x 2h)
The assessment strategy is intended to allow the students to demonstrated that they have been capable of critically analyse the information they have received on how and why animals behave in a certain way, as well as to be confident in the process of measuring and processing data linked to these behaviours
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
A series of coursework including a report, a reflection, a group presentation.
An exam, consisting of and a set of five short essay questions, out of which the student will be required to answer three in 90 minutes.
Formative assessment and feedback
Written and verbal feedback is offered to drafts of each assignment before it get submitted
Reading list for ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms3096
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.