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ZO4543: BEHAVIOURAL ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05


Course Overview

This course will give you the opportunity to explore, for example, why some individuals behave differently from others within the same species, and how insights on behaviours can improve the implementation of conservation plans.

Academics working at the cutting edge of behavioural research will report on the state-of-art in their field.

Directed learnings will encourage further exploration of core topics through discussion of research papers and construction of computer-based models to illustrate concepts.

A continuous assessment where you will produce a grant proposal for research into behavioural ecology will introduce you to the process of research planning.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Nicola Cousins

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of BI2001 Community Ecology (Passed) or BI2016 Community Ecology (Passed) or BI2019 Community Ecology (Passed) or BI2020 Ecology (Passed) or BI2022 Ecology (Online) (Passed) or BI2522 Ecology (Online) (Passed) or BI2922 Ecology (Online) (Passed) or BI3505 Behavioural Biology (Passed) or ZO3010 Animal Evolution and Biodiversity (Passed) or ZO3011 Animal Evolution and Biodiversity (Passed) or ZO3303 Animal Population Ecology (Passed) or ZO3304 Marine Ecology and Ecosystems (Passed) or ZO3305 Animal Population Ecology (Passed) or ZO3306 Marine Ecology and Ecosystems (Passed) or ZO3307 Animal Population Ecology (Passed) or ZO3507 Animal Behaviour (Passed) or ZO3508 Marine Ecology and Ecosystems (Passed) or ZO3510 Animal Behaviour (Passed)
  • One of BSc Biology or BSc Conservation Biology or BSc Plant Biology or BSc Zoology or BSc Animal Ecology or Non-Graduating Student in Zoology Erasmus or BSc Marine Biology or BSc Parasitology or Bachelor Of Science In Animal Behaviour And Welfare or BSc Animal Behaviour or BSc Behavioural Biology or MSci Biological Sciences or BSc Biological Sciences (Honours) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences or Bachelor Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management or BSc Ecology or BSc Wildlife Management or BSc Forestry or BSc Forest Sciences or BSc Environmental Science
  • Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Topics covered include, investigating personality traits, optimality and game theory, ecological and evolutionary aspects of mate choice, or animal cooperation. Lectures will be supplemented by case studies in key topics, student-centred learning, discussion groups and debates based on current journal articles. Practical components of the course are (i) the use of computer-based modelling to gain a better understanding of theoretical concepts in behavioural ecology; and (ii) group writing of a grant proposal to develop your critical thinking on the use of behavioural ecology for conservation purposes


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University weeks 27, 29
  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 26, 26
  • 3 Seminars during University weeks 27 - 29
  • 4 Seminars during University week30

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Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Oral Presentation: Group

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Learning Outcomes
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Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
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Tutorial/Seminar Participation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 15
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Project Plan, Summary or Abstract

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
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Feedback

Each student will receive individual feedback and a mark for each task. Feedback will be provided as written comments. Groups will also be given generic feedback. Students who are identified as having difficulty in successfully completing the coursework assessment tasks will be invited to meet members of the course team to identify difficulties and discuss solutions.

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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Re-submission of failed elements

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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralAnalyseEnhanced skills in data manipulation, analysis, and modelling through computer based practical sessions
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstanding of the role of behavioural ecology in other biological disciplines and systems such as population and evolutionary ecology
ProceduralUnderstandUnderstanding of research methodology within the field of behavioural ecology, with respect to both theoretical and practical aspects
ProceduralApplyUnderstanding of the importance of behavioural ecology in applied situations, such as population management and conservation
ProceduralApplyEnhanced skills in oral communication through the discussion of papers and oral presentation of a grant proposal
ProceduralApplyEnhanced skills in written communication through the writing of a grant proposal.

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