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Animal behaviour: recording and analysis

Semester 3

An understanding of animal behaviour is important for the management and conservation of a wide variety of animals. Students on this course will learn to: (i) address questions in biodiversity and conservation within a behavioural framework; (ii) record the behaviour of animals in the field and laboratory using appropriate techniques; (iii) analyse behavioural data using dedicated software and appropriate statistical methods; (iv) interpret and present the results of behavioural analyses Syllabus to include:
Case studies: applications of animal behaviour in biodiversity and conservation; Describing behaviour; Behaviour sampling and recording rules; Recording equipment; Behavioural software; Observing and recording animal behaviour in the field; Designing and conducting behavioural experiments; Reliability of behavioural data; Analysing observational and experimental data; Analysing social behaviour; Interpreting behavioural data and presenting results; Ethics of behavioural studies.