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COURSE NUMBER:BIOL 362
COURSE TITLE:Ethology
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr Darcy Visscher
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: An overview of the evolution, function and development of animal behavior. Evolutionary processes (e.g. selection and adaptation), physiological processes (e.g. the nervous system and behavior), the behavior of individuals (e.g. development, learning, mating), and the ecology of behavior (e.g. foraging) are discussed.

Same as PSYC 370.

This course does not meet the natural science (with lab) breadth requirement.

Prerequisites: BIOL 210 or 211
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • An Introduction to Animal Behaviour, by Manning and Dawkins.  6 th  Edition 2012.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Assignments10%
Mid-term 120%
Mid-term 220%
Seminar 20%
Final Examination30%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
  • Survey the range of animal behaviour, cognition and behavioural ecology
  • Learn the primary methods for studying behaviour
  • Explore behaviour across taxa, from insect to mammals
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Introduction to animal behaviour
  • Evolution and natural selection
  • The mechanics of behaviour
  • Learning and memory
  • Communication and signals
  • Foraging
  • Trophic interactions
  • Movement
  • Sexual behaviour and selection
  • Group living and conflict
  • Group living and cooperation
  • Kin selection and altruism
  • Animal societies


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