Master Level Teaching
Specialization programme Behavioural Ecology in the Master Environmental Biology: https://students.uu.nl/en/gsls-life-sciences/environmental-biology/acad…
Master course Measuring Behaviour (1.5 ECTS) (B-MMBE07)
Offered by Animal Ecology group
Measuring Behaviour: Methodology of animal behaviour research
The purpose of this self study course is to acquire working knowledge of the methods for measuring and analysing animal behaviour.
The course is based on the book "Measuring Behaviour. An introductory guide" (see below).
Types of problems in animal behaviour research
Measures of behaviour
Reliability and validity of measures
Statistical analysis of data
Basic knowledge on statistical tests is presumed, such as covered by the bachelor course "Advanced Statistics and R".
Examination: There is a written exam. Grading will be based on the written exam.
Exam: Monday afternoon 18 February 2019
Further information: Dr. Jorg Massen, Kruijt Building, Padualaan 8, room O 304; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Measuring Behaviour. An Introductory Guide (3rd revised edition, 2007) Paul Martin and Patrick Bateson, Cambridge University Press, 187 pages. ISBN-10: 0521535638, ISBN-13: 9780521535632
The book Measuring Behaviour is a guide to the principles and methods of quantitative studies of behaviour, with an emphasis on techniques of direct observation, recording and analysis.
Teachers: Dr. Liesbeth Sterck; Dr. Marie José Duchateau; Dr. Anne Marijke Schel: Animal Ecology, Department Biology, Faculty of Sciences
Length: 6.0 ects
Required book: The Red Queen, Sex & The Evolution of Human
Nature. (1993 or later date) by Matt Ridley
Location first meeting: see MyTimetable
Purpose of this course
- Obtaining insight in the function of sexual behaviour in animals and humans from an evolutionary perspective
- Comparing and integrating primary literature
- Writing a scientific essay in English
- Critically evaluate written text
- Editing written text
- Formulating questions and discussing subjects
- Giving presentation in English
- Contributing to scientific discussions
Literature/study material used:
The Red Queen, Sex & The Evolution of Human Nature (1993 or a newer version) by Matt Ridley.
Although the title of the book suggests differently, the majority of the book deals with animal behavior in relation to sexual selection theory. Human behaviour is also treated from a biological point of view.
In the book, the different aspects of animal sexual behaviour are discussed following five main questions. These are:
1. Why sex, while sex is expensive?
2. Why gender?
3. Who chooses whom?
4. Monogamy or polygamy?
5. Sexing the mind?
Schematic Planning of Master course
All students read the introductory course book of Matt Ridley and write down one question per chapter. These questions will be discussed in the book discussion meeting (week 1). Each student writes an essay (week 2-4). The subject of the essay belongs to one of the five main questions covered in the book. All students also read and provide written improvements on two essays from fellow students (week 3). The students formulate three questions for each read essay and hand these questions in to the teacher (week 3). Finally, the students give a presentation of their subject (10 minutes) and prepare the discussion on his/her topic (week 4). All these separate parts will be graded.
Grading Focus on
- essay (50%) clarity of scientific framework and research question, depth of literature review, critical level of discussion, does conclusion follow logically from discussion?
- presentation of essay (25%) Clear framework and research question, discussion of current literature and clear conclusion, layout of presentation, relevance of discussed topics, posture of speaker
- prepared questions (10%) critical reading of book and essays fellow students
- suggestions for improvements critical reading of essays of fellow students
of 2 essays from other students