Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Organisms in the wild do not live in isolation; rather they interact directly and indirectly with other organisms and the environment. This module will explore the diversity of behavioural interactions within and between species and examine how such relationships influence individuals┐ survival and reproductive success. We will investigate the behavioural, ecological and evolutionary aspects of sexual interactions, living in groups, exploitation and cooperation between different species, including symbioses and complex multi-partner interactions. Student learning will be achieved through the investigation of theoretical concepts and case studies during lectures and lab- and field-based practicals. The module content is fundamental to many disciplines, including behaviour, ecology, evolution, population and community biology, applied biology and conservation.There are no prerequisite modules, but recommended modules include: LSC-10033 Ecology and the Environment and/or LSC-20055 Life at the Extremes. The module will also include useful background information for LSC-30043 Conservation Biology.
The aim is to enhance understanding and evaluation of the behavioural, ecological and evolutionary processes that underpin interactions within and between species.
Intended Learning Outcomes
describe, assess and compare how organisms, both within and between species, interact with each other: 1,2evaluate and discuss the effect of species interaction on the fitness of the organisms involved: 1,2explain and evaluate behaviour in terms of ecological and evolutionary concepts: 1,2observe, collect and analyse data on animal behaviour: 1,2communicate research on interactions within and between species to specialist and non-specialist audiences: 1
Lectures: 18 Hours Practicals and Tutorials: 30 HoursIn course science report preparation: 20 Hours In course journalistic press release preparation: 30 Hours (10 hours per piece)Private study: 50 HoursExam: 2 Hours
1: Individual Report weighted 40%
Description of Module Assessment
Practical Science Report with a lay summaryA 1500-word scientific report with a 200-word lay summary on behavioural observations undertaken during a field-based work.2: Open Book Examination weighted 60%
Online open book examThe paper will be released on KLE as a Word document at 9am on the morning of the exam.
The exam will contain a choice of 3 out of 6 essay-based questions.
Students should answer each question using Word, clearly labelling each question as they provide their answers. Work will be submitted to Turnitin no later than 5pm on the day of release. International students will be asked to notify the School if they need an extension due to different time zones.
Although students have been given significant time to complete this exam script, we expect most students to spend no more than 1 h. Answers should be as accurate and concise as possible.
For essay-based questions, typical answers would be in the range of 500-750 words per question. We recommend that students do not exceed 750 words per essay-based question as we will be assessing the quality of your answer, not the quantity.