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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY3135 Advanced Topics in Behaviour: from sex to death

20 creditsClass Size: 160

Module manager: Dr Alison Dunn
Email: a.dunn@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

BLGY2192: Experimental Design and Analysis
BLGY2222: Animal Behaviour

Pre-requisites

BLGY2192Experimental Design and Analysis
BLGY2222Animal Behaviour

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should be able to develop a critical understanding of current theories and empirical examples in Behaviour. Students will study how the behaviour of animals is adapted to their natural environment. By taking a behavioural ecology approach, the module integrates thinking about behaviour, ecology and evolution to understand how an animal’s behaviour is adapted. The course will focus on animal behaviour from sex to death, covering topics that may include: sexual selection, sperm competition, social learning, sex allocation, parental care and cooperative breeding They will also explore how an animal’s behaviour is manipulated by its parasites.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate how an animal's behaviour is adapted to the environment in which it lives;
- Explain the key concepts in animal behaviour which may include sexual selection, parental care, social learning, and behaviour and parasite-host conflict;
- Examine critically a range of empirical and theoretical evidence for these hypotheses.

Skills outcomes
The students develop skills in;
- Research; the process by which the key hypotheses are tested and refined is considered as we discuss the examples in the lectures. During the practical the students develop their own research questions and through their analysis and write up develop skills in critical thinking and analysis.
- Experimental design during the practical class students design the practical, developing and testing a set of hypotheses arising from the lectures and reading material.
- Data presentation and analysis; in the practical data are collected and analysed and interpreted in the context of the field.
- Ethics; A discussion takes place concerning the ethics of the experimental design.
- Presentation skills (practical report in the style of a scientific paper).


Syllabus

Outline content;
- Sexual selection;
- Sperm competition;
- Sex allocation;
- Parental care;
- Social learning;
- - Parasite manipulation of behaviour;
- A range of systems will be considered from invertebrates to vertebrates including humans.

The students develop skills in;
- Research; the process by which the key hypotheses are tested and refined is considered as we discuss the examples in the lectures. During the practical the students develop their own research questions and through their analysis and write up develop skills in critical thinking and analysis.
- Experimental design during the practical class students design the practical, developing and testing a set of hypotheses arising from the lectures and reading material.
- Data presentation and analysis; in the practical data are collected and analysed and interpreted in the context of the field.
- Ethics; A discussion takes place concerning the ethics of the experimental design.
- Presentation skills (practical report in the style of a scientific paper).

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture211.0021.00
Practical13.003.00
Private study hours176.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

15 hours reading around and preparing for the practical class;
35 hours analysing and writing the individual practical report;
126 hours independent study time reading references provided during the lecture and exploring additional reading.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

course work : an individual report on the practical exercise .will be used to monitor student progress Students will receive feedback on this work.
The practical session involves experimental design and the write up involves analysis and interpretation of the data as well as a formal write up. Students will receive generic feedback on their practical report via the VLE and individual comments on the script. There will be a feedback session at which the students can o discuss their work.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Practical ReportPractical design, execution and report. (2000 words)30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment24 hr 70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/10/2021 10:45:05

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