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PSYC2023 Animal Cognition and Behaviour

Module Overview

The module is designed to introduce students to the study of animal behaviour and cognition.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to introduce students to: -research investigating animal behaviour and cognition methods of measuring animal behaviour and cognition

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of research in animal behaviour and cognition
  • evaluate theories regarding the biological control of behaviours such as mating strategies
  • describe experiments in the research area and evaluate how well the research has tested the theories studied in class
  • illustrate independent learning by reading material beyond the lecture


Lecture 1 – Other ways of seeing the world Lecture 2 – Simple associations Lecture 3 – Remembering Lecture 4 –Concept formation and counting Lecture 5 – Reasoning Lecture 6 – Navigation Lecture 7 – Self Awareness Lecture 8 – Social Learning Lecture 9 – Communication Lecture 10 –Language Lecture 11 - Revision

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The class will include 11 two hour lectures. You will be expected to read the unit text, some additional readings and, where relevant, to make use of the internet resources for seeking further information.

Preparation for scheduled sessions25
Follow-up work25
Wider reading or practice22
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Wynne, D. L. C. & Udell, M. A. R. (2013). Animal Cognition: Evolution, Behaviour and Cognition. 


Assessment Strategy

Essay, 2 hour exam and research participation.


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1000 words) 28%
Exam  (2 hours) 70%
Research Participation 2%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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