BHE-50801 Introduction to Animal behaviour


Credits 1.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. M Naguib
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. M Naguib
Examiner(s)prof. dr. M Naguib

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Introduction to Animal Behaviour - will introduce you to the fundamental topics involved in Animal Behaviour research. You will learn not only what animals do, but also how scientists figure out the 'whys' behind their behaviour. The course will make you familiar with a range of different topics, illustrated with examples from the scientific literature. By completing this course, you will gain a broad understanding of the fundamental topics of behaviour.
More course information and instructions on how to register can be found on: or click on the top-right link on this page.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand how animal behaviour is a result of evolution and natural selection;
- understand the process of formulating and testing hypotheses about why animals do what they do;
- understand introductory concepts around animal cognition, communication, foraging, reproduction, and social behaviour;
- understand methods scientists use to study and answer questions about behaviour;
- understand how scientific research is reported.


The course contains no scheduled activities, students can follow the course anytime. The course contains knowledge clips, reading materials and assignments.


On campus multiple choice exam covering the content of the course.

The exams will take place during the re-exam period in February and in July.


All materials are made available online.