BHE-51303 Methods in Behavioural Biology


Studiepunten 3.00

Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. M Naguib
L Snijders
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. M Naguib
FC Ribeiro da Cunha
L Snijders
GF Wagner
dr. SD kotrschal
Examiner(s)prof. dr. M Naguib

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Assumed knowledge on:

BHE-20303 Animal Behaviour

Continuation courses:

BHE30306 Behavioural Ecology; BHE31306 Animal Welfare; BHE MSc thesis


Understanding animal behaviour is a fascinating and complex task that requires very specific research skills with respect to observational methodologies, experimental planning and design, quantitative and precise data collection protocols of continuous streams of behaviour and data processing by organization and analyses. This course on Methods in Behavioural Biology teaches these skills for behavioural sciences specifically and introduces state-of-the-art tools and techniques in the relevant context. It will address the fundamental aspects of behaviour research by training students in a range of methods for observational and experimental approaches used in behavioural biology, covering standardized data collection protocols, experimental design, database management, and data analysis (using R). Students will gain practical experience in selected methods in a quantitative way and become self-reliant in doing (thesis) research in behaviour. The course provides knowledge and experience which are key in the modern study of animal behaviour.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

- apply observational and experimental methods

- analyse methods in behavioural research

- design and plan experiments

- apply best conduct in datamangement

-perform data analysis in animal behavioural


Lectures, Practical, Data analysis


Report and written exam


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