BB835: Behavioural Biology II

Study Board of Science

Teaching language: English, Danish or English depending on the teacher, but English if international students are enrolled
EKA: N110012112, N110012122, N110012102
Censorship: Second examiner: None, Second examiner: Internal
Grading: Pass/Fail, 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Autumn
Level: Master's level course approved as PhD course

STADS ID (UVA): N110012101
ECTS value: 10

Date of Approval: 25-04-2019


Duration: 1 semester

Version: Approved - active

Comment

04011301 (former UVA) is identical with this course description. 

Entry requirements

None

Academic preconditions

Students taking the course are expected to: Have knowledge of basic sensory and neurophysiology equivalent to BB511 and of behavioural themes and study approaches acquired in BB809.

Course introduction

The aim of the course is to enable the student to explain general physiological mechanisms that underlie behavior and perception, as well as understand and apply relevant measurement methods and protocols in behavioural research (including psycho-physical tests and practical animal training). Furthermore, the student will be able to read, understand and analyse the background literature, provide a critical review of a specific topic in behavioural biology, organize and conduct biological experiments and present their results.

The course builds on the knowledge acquired in BB809; Behavioral Biology and provides a technical basis for a thesis project or an individual study activity involving behavioral studies.

In relation to the competence profile of the degree it is the explicit focus of the course to:
  • Give the competence to understand the mechanisms underlying sensory physiology and integration principles of behavior and perception, and thereby manage work and learning situations that require new biological solutions. 
  • Give skills in planning and conducting independent research projects using techniques in behavioral research, critical review of the literature, written and oral communication of biological research.
  • Give knowledge and understanding on how research in humans and animals is organized and performed.

Expected learning outcome

The learning objectives of the course is that the student demonstrates the ability to:
  • present a critical overview of a specific topic in behavioural biology
  • explain general principles in sensory physiology
  • understand and use psychophysical methods
  • explain perception and reception through different sensory modalities
  • read, understand, analyse and provide a critical review of original articles on sensory physiology and perception
  • plan and implement practical training of animals and present results 

Content

The following main topics are contained in the course:
  • Neuroethology
  • Sensory Physiology
  • Animal training
  • Psychophysics
  • Animal Behaviour  

Literature

Relevant literature will be uploaded on Blackboard, see Blackboard for syllabus lists and additional literature references.

Examination regulations

Prerequisites for participating in the exam a)

Timing

Autumn

Tests

Participation in seminars

EKA

N110012112

Censorship

Second examiner: None

Grading

Pass/Fail

Identification

Full name and SDU username

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

To be announced during the course

ECTS value

0

Additional information

Complete and active participation in seminars.
The prerequisite examination is a prerequisite for participation in exam element a) . 

Prerequisites for participating in the exam b)

Timing

Autumn

Tests

Participation in the laboratory exercises

EKA

N110012122

Censorship

Second examiner: None

Grading

Pass/Fail

Identification

Full name and SDU username

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

To be announced during the course

ECTS value

0

Additional information

The prerequisite examination is a prerequisite for participation in exam element a). 

Exam element a)

Timing

Fall

Prerequisites

Type Prerequisite name Prerequisite course
Examination part Prerequisites for participating in the exam b) N110012101, BB835: Behavioural Biology II

Tests

Project reports

EKA

N110012102

Censorship

Second examiner: Internal

Grading

7-point grading scale

Identification

Full name and SDU username

Language

Normally, the same as teaching language

Examination aids

To be announced during the course

ECTS value

10

Additional information

Re-examination is in the same period or immediately thereafter. The examination form for re-examination may be different from the exam form at the regular exam.

Indicative number of lessons

100 hours per semester

Teaching Method

See Danish version

Teacher responsible

Name E-mail Department
Coen Elemans coen@biology.sdu.dk
Signe Brinkløv brinklov@biology.sdu.dk

Timetable

Administrative Unit

Biologisk Institut

Team at Registration & Legality

NAT

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