501551 - Etología (OPTATIVAS VINCULADAS: ORIENTACIÓN BIOLOGÍA ANIMAL) - Curso 2011/2012
- Créditos ECTS
- Créditos ECTS: 6.00
- Total: 6.0
- Tipo: Materia Ordinaria RD 1497/1987
- Departamentos: Zoología y Antropología Física
- Áreas: Zoología
- Centro: Facultad de Biología
- Convocatoria: Primer Cuatrimestre
- Docencia y Matrícula: null
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Existen programas da materia para los siguientes idiomas:CastellanoGallegoInglésCourse objectives
To provide students an adequate training in the field of theoretical knowledge of the animal behaviour, as well as the methodologies of adequate sampling for the experimentations in field and laboratory conditions. Contents
Theoretical contents are structured in four thematic blocks that are presented below. Each block will last 5 hours.
Block 1. Conceptual bases of Ethology (casualty, natural selection, relationship selection).
Block 2. Making decisions: optimality; examples of food behaviour.
Block 3. Systems of mating; sexual selection; parental care.
Block 4. Sociability and communication. Ecology of behaviour and conservation.
To be done in groups of 4 students. It will consist of a piece of work about wild vertebrates’ behaviour. The teacher will go with each group in their first session of data taking in order to verify the correct application of work methodology and to solve the possible problems on the spot. It will be prepared in PowerPoint format, following the rules of publication in a scientific magazine. It will imply the review and use of scientific bibliography. The piece of work will be presented and defended at the end of the term (January of 2006) by one of the students from each group. Each group will have also to submit their piece of work in diskette/CD support so the teacher can check it.
Seminars (blackboard and computer)
1) Methods of study in Ethology (2 h)
2) Basic statistics with SPSS of application in ethological studies. Treatment of the information obtained in the field (2 h). (To be taught at the computer’s room of Faculty of Biology).
It will be done a joint session for the students of Ethology form the Universities of Santiago de Compostela, Coruña and Vigo. In a day they will be held 2 conferences imparted by experts in the field of ethology. Basic and complementary bibliography
1) CARRANZA, J. (Ed.). 1994. Etología. Introducción a la Ciencia del Comportamiento. Universidad de Extremadura.
2) LEHNER, P.N. 1996. Handbook of Ethological Methods. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
3) ALCOCK, J. 1989. Animal Behavior. Sunderland, Mass., Sinauer Associates.
1) IMMELMAN, K. & BEER, C. 1992. A Dictionary of Ethology. Harvard University Press.
2) KREBS, J.R. & DAVIES, N.B. 1991. Behavioural ecology. An evolutionary approach. Blakwell, London.
3) MAIER, R. 2001. Comportamiento animal. Un enfoque evolutivo y ecológico. McGraw-Hill.
4) MANNING, A. & STAMP, M. 1998. An Introduction to Animal Behaviour. Cambridge University Press.
5) MCFARLAND, D. 1985. Animal behaviour. Longman, London.
6) PELAEZ & VEA . 1997. Etología: bases biológicas de la conducta animal y humana.
7) SLATER, P.J.B. 1992. An introduction to Ethology. Cambridge University Press.
8) TINBERGEN, N. 1975. Estudios de Etología. 1. Alianza Universidad, Madrid.Competence
Previous and/or recommended knowledge: it is necessary minimum knowledge about animal systematics and it is advisable more advanced knowledge about classification and general aspects of biology of superior vertebrates (mainly birds and mammals). Teaching methodology
Combination of magisterial classes, students’ personal work and follow-up through a system of personalized tutorials. Assessment system
a) Final exam about the level of knowledge on the imparted subject, including the seminar one. This exam will mean the 55% of the final mark. To pass the exam will be essential to pass the subject.
b) Practical work. It will mean the 40% of the final mark.
c) Conferences: It will mean the 5% (it will be compulsory the submission of a summary about the content of the conferences). Study time and individual work
It is estimated about 162 hours in total during the term the subject lasts.
- Compulsory to all the theoretical classes. Along the year the teacher will call the register in 10 occasions. Students with less than the 75% of attendance can sit for the exam.
- Compulsory to fieldwork that each group will do.
- Compulsory to seminars and conferences.
- Compulsory to personalized tutorials. Each student can miss justifiably one tutorial, except the first one that will be strictly compulsory. Recommendations for the study of the subject
It is convenient to handle regularly and to read the basic recommended bibliography at the beginning of the year. Comments
This subject is adjusted from the academic year 2006-07 to European credit (ECTS). It is available a word chart in which it is detailed the time distribution of effort to be done by students.