University General Course Catalog 2021-2022 
    
    Sep 28, 2022  
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BIOL 681 - Principles of Animal Behavior

(3 units)
Review of field and laboratory studies on the determinants and mechanisms of animal behavior to establish relations between behavior of similar and different species. (BIOL 681 and PSY 614 are cross-listed; credits may be earned in one of the two.)

Grading Basis: Graded
Units of Lecture: 3
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. demonstrate ability to read and understand primary research literature in the field of Animal Behavior during weekly quizzes throughout the semester.
2. demonstrate knowledge of the main concepts of Animal Behavior, the ability to interpret data, to relate data to conceptual hypotheses and to critically evaluate the data in relation to existing hypotheses during two in-class exams – the midterm and the final.
3. form small groups and focus on specific conceptual questions, search and read primary literature, identify existing deficiencies, generate novel research hypotheses and predictions, and design experiments to test these novel hypotheses, all of which will be presented as a written paper at the end of the class.
4. demonstrate their grasp of specific chosen topics in Animal Behavior by presenting their written group project, including topic overview, critical evaluation of published literature, novel hypotheses and experimental design to test these novel hypotheses in an oral presentation before the entire class at the end of the semester.
5. synthesize orally or in writing as assessed by a presentation and/or written report significance of current topic as presented in this course.


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