APS 126 Behaviour of Humans and Other Animals

Level 1
Semester 2A
Credits 10
Teaching Staff Professor Tim Birkhead, Dr Fiona Hunter
Co-ordinator Professor Tim Birkhead

Description

This unit will provide an introduction to behaviour, focussing on the four fundamental questions: (i) the evolution of behaviour; (ii) the function of behaviour; (iii) the ontogeny of behaviour and (iv) the causation (or mechanisms) of behaviour. The course will introduce the major concepts and information on specific topics, including sexual behaviour, foraging behaviour and social behaviour in humans and non-humans. A central theme will be the extent to which animal behaviour can inform us about human behaviour and in particular the similarities and differences between the evolutionary approach to animal behaviour and evolutionary psychology.
The following link will take you to an introductory video on Animal Behaviour: www.youtube.com/watch

Aims and Objectives

This unit aims to provide an introduction to the behaviour of humans and non-humans, to:
(1) distinguish the four fundamental approaches to behaviour (evolution, function or adaptive significance, ontogeny or development and causation)
(2) introduce major concepts of behaviour
(3) provide information on speific topics
(4) to critically assess the extent which animal behaviour can inform us about human behaviour

By the end of the unit a candidate will:
(1) be able to distinguish the four fundamental approaches to behaviour (evolution, function or adaptive significance, ontogeny or development and causation)
(2) be able to recognise and understand major concepts of behaviour
(3) possess a knowledge of specific topics in behaviour
(4) be aware of the extent which animal behaviour informs us about human behaviour

DELIVERY METHOD: 18 lectures (a combination of traditional lectures, video lectures and interactive discussion sessions), 2 practicals. 

STUDENT CONTACT HOURS: 24

ASSESSMENT METHOD: 2 hour, multiple-choice examination
You are required to take the on-line self assessment test for APS126.

FEEDBACK: You will receive feedback via the online self-assessment test within 1 week of the test closing. You will also receive feedback on your performance in different sections of the multiple choice examination after the marks have been released.

Please go to MOLE for further information for APS 126


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