HET300 Scientific Methods in Ethology
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Course responsible: Ruth Catriona Margaret Newberry
Teachers: Knut Egil Bøe, Inger Lise Andersen, Marko Ocepek, Øyvind Øverli, Judit Banfine Vas
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: NO
Limits of class size:
If there are fewer than five participants, the course will be given as an independent study, together with guided project work.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2003-2004
Lectures and demonstrations/exercises about different aspects of ethological research are given in the first part of the semester. Discussion of research methods is included in the lessons. Then an ethology project is conducted, with a final presentation and discussion in plenary. Lectures are partly in Norwegian, partly in English.
Lectures and demonstrations/exercises are given on the various methods and the use of technical equipment. Students complete a major project where they work in small groups to design an experiment, conduct observations, perform data analyses and present the results in a seminar. A written report is produced that describes and discusses all the aforementioned aspects of the project, including relevant literature and with emphasis on methodology. The project work is extensive, and all students must commit to taking an active part in all phases of the project work.
Project groups have supervisors who must be actively consulted in all stages of the work.
Bateson, M & Martin, P. 2021. Measuring Behaviour. An Introductory Guide, 4th Edition. Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge. (All chapters are curriculum, 246 pages)
Lehner, P. 1996. Handbook of Ethological Methods, 2nd Edition. Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge. (Kap. 1-10 are curriculum. The rest are supporting literature, which should be used in the project work.
Students are expected to attend all lectures, demonstrations and exercises. Presentation of the project report in plenary is also obligatory. Permission from the course coordinator must be obtained if more than 3 class sessions are missed.
The project report counts for 50 % of the final grade. An oral exam counts for the other 50 %. The assessment takes into account the extent and quality of each student´s work on the project. In a group, students may therefore receive varying grades.
The total workload of 250 hours can be divided as follows: Lectures and course readings: 100 hours. Project work with presentation: 150 hours.
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Week 36-47: Lectures and demonstrations/exercises (2-4 hours per week). Special exercises may require more time. Week 40-49: Project planning and implementation (150 hours). Week 48/49: Presentation of project work.
The course is taught partly in English, partly in Norwegian.
The external examiner will assess the oral exam.
Examination details: Combined assessment: Letter grades