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Animal BehaviourOrganization logo: Wageningen University & Research

About this course

This course introduces students to the field of Animal Behaviour, considering the four questions of Tinbergen, i.e. causation, development, function, and evolution of behaviour. Students also learn about methods in Animal Behaviour, and apply this knowledge during a practical. The course will provide students with important basic tools, knowledge, and experience for studying animal behaviour. Finally, students are instructed in best practices in science, and in scientific writing. As part of the course students write a scientific paper in English in the style of a scientific publication using data collected and analysed during the practical.

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

  • discuss and analyse principles of behaviour;
  • define, apply, and distinguish the 4 questions of Tinbergen;
  • apply behavioural and evolutionary thinking to interpret data, and to report scientific findings in animal behaviour;
  • define behaviours, and analyse the evolutionary process of different behaviours;
  • comprehend the theoretical framework of the evolutionary and mechanistic approach in Animal Behaviour;
  • design and conduct research in Animal Behaviour;
  • apply the best practices of scientific writing in English in Animal Behaviour;
If anything remains unclear, please check the FAQ of Wageningen University.

Offering(s)

  • Start date

    11 maart 2024

    • Ends
      3 mei 2024
    • Term *
      Period 5
    • Location
    • Instruction language
      English
    • Register between
      1 Jun, 00:00 - 11 Feb 2024
  • Start date

    13 mei 2024

    • Ends
      5 juli 2024
    • Term *
      Period 6
    • Location
    • Instruction language
      English
    • Register between
      1 Jun, 00:00 - 7 Apr 2024
These offerings are valid for students of TU Eindhoven