Course code HFX221

HFX221 Ethology in Dogs and Cats

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Course responsible: Bjarne Olai Braastad
Teachers: Ruth Catriona Margaret Newberry
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2014V
Last time: 2019V
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Lectures are given within the learning outcomes associated with normal behaviour in dogs and cats, including behavioural development,social behaviour, communication signals and predation, behaviour and environmental needs and housing conditions for these species. Case studies of student recess are provided. Some lectures are in English (dog behaviour).
Learning outcome:

Knowledge: Students will be able to describe and explain normal behaviour in dogs and cats - including behavioural development, social behaviour , communication signals and predatory and antipredatory behaviour. Students will learn the environmental needs of these three species and how these needs can be met. Students will learn the concept of domestication and how dogs and cats are domesticated. 

Skills: Students will be able to use the course material to prevent behavioural and welfare problems in dogs and cats.

Reflection : Students will understand the importance of expertise in ethology to prevent behavioural , welfare and health issues, and help ensure that animal husbandry is perceived positively by the owner and that a healthy and sustainable breeding program is in operation. Students will understand the need to acquire further knowledge to work as a consultant , trainer or breeding responsible.

Learning activities:
Students read the syllabus material, provided lectures, and writes a term paper. This provides a good learning process.The lectures are particularly important in this subject because not everything is covered by text books.
Teaching support:
Teachers are available to answer questions about the subject matter.The student has a tutor on the term paper.There will bea lot oft echnical material in Canvas.

A. Textbooks

Braastad, B.O., 2012. Katten. Atferd og velferd. Vigmostad og Bjørke, Bergen. (kap. 1-6, 8, 10 og 13 er pensum). ISBN 978-82-419-0864-4

Miklosi, A., 2015.  Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition. 2nd Ed. Oxford Univ. Press, Oxford.  ISBN 978-0-19-964666-1. Not all chapters.

B. Litterature given in Canvas.

HFX130-D, HFX130-F
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Course evaluations
One obligatory term paper must be delivered. This can be chosen freely within dog behvaviour or cat behaviour, after agreement with a teacher. The term paper shall be about 2500 words and produced as a scientific report with an Introduction, Main part (with relevant sub-chapters), Summary and Reference list. The term paper shall be submitted in Canvas by a deadline at the end of the term. This accounts for 25 % of the total grading. Written exam (3 hours) accounts for 75 % of the total grading.
Nominal workload:
150 hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science.
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures 2 hours a week.
The course is taught partly in Norwegian, partly in English. 
The censor approves the exam exercises and censures the written exam. Teachers censur the term paper.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått