Behavioural ecology considers the evolutionary pressures that shape behaviour. This module will explore animal behaviours from evolutionary biology and population ecological perspectives. Each week, lectures will consider a different behavioural ecology topic, to be discussed in more detail in accompanying weekly seminars. Throughout the module, students will keep an individual notebook/log/journal, sharing their notes and reflections with other students during seminars as part of group discussions to expand their personal learning network. Each student will write a research proposal for a behavioural ecology research project of their own devising, requiring them to consider the relevant background information, appropriate methodology and to budget the costs of their proposed project.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Critically evaluate the theoretical behavioural ecology frameworks used to explain observed behaviours.
- To understand the evolutionary processes that shape animal behaviours.
- Be prepared to complete weekly tasks in order to develop critical thinking, literature searching and time management skills.
- Engage with peers in discussion.
- Manage your time and literature searching in order to increase your knowledge of behavioural ecology.
- Evaluate the adaptive value of behaviours.
- Complete a behavioural ecology research project proposal.
6 topics to be covered:
- Cooperation and altruism
- Personality variation
- Urban behavioural ecology
- Movement ecology and migration
- Cultural evolution and social learning
- Parasitoid behavioural ecology
Learning and Teaching
|Total study time||150|
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Research outline
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
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