Core Module Information
Module title: Advances in Animal Behaviour

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ENV10109
Module leader: Jason Gilchrist
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences

SCQF Level 7 or 8 credits awarded for the study of animal behaviour from an evolutionary perspective.

Description of module content:

In this module you will learn about how ecological and evolutionary factors influence animal behaviour. You will consider a variety of species including invertebrates and vertebrates. We will discuss not only well-established scientific findings but also emerging evidence and current areas of controversy, including, social behaviour and inclusive fitness, reproductive strategies, physiology, conservation applications, the scientific method as applied to the study of animals including experimental and observational studies in both captive and natural environments. We will consider the scientific method, including data collection and analysis of behavioural data. Recommended reading will include not only chapters from the recommended scientific textbooks but also a variety of peer-reviewed scientific articles from journals such as Animal Behaviour, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Behavioural Ecology, Nature, Science and others. While classic studies will be included, there will be an emphasis on recent research.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically evaluate published studies of both captive and free-ranging animals.
LO2: Appraise the evidence for various explanations of animal behaviour.
LO3: Derive adaptive explanations for behaviours exhibited by animals.
LO4: Prioritise the scientific principle of parsimony when interpreting animal behaviour.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jason Gilchrist
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 30
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 6
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Independent Learning Guided independent study 161
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 1 & 2 8 , WORDS= 1200
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 3 & 4 14/15 HOURS= 3
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
ENV10109 Advances in Animal Behaviour