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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070133, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ANIMAL PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MARCO DADDA M-PSI/02
Other lecturers LUCIA REGOLIN M-PSI/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/02 Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology 9.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Prerequisites: basic skills of general biology, psychobiology and genetics are useful to the understanding of topics covered
Target skills and knowledge: Aim of the course is to explain some features of the disciplines that study animal behavior focussing on the most relevant methods of investigation.

The different aspects of behavior will be examined from a comparative perspective and with a particular interest on animal cognition
Examination methods: The final exam consists of open questions. Students will be evaluated also taking into account participation to class work and class papers, carried out individually or in small groups.
Assessment criteria: The student will be assessed considering several aspects including :
knowledge of the contribution of different disciplines to the study of animal behavior;
knowledge of the principal experimental paradigms;
ability to master the contents exposed in the lectures and explained in the suggested readings.
The knowledge and appropriate use of terminology will also be considered.
Course unit contents: intro
-brief history of ethology and comparative psychology
-approaches to the study of behaviour

the evolution of behaviour
-philogeny and behaviour
-natural & sexual selection
-evolution of sexual behaviour and parental care

Learning & Cognition
-early experience and learning
-comparative cognition

Genes & Behaviour
-animal models in genetics
-genetic determinism
-genomes and behaviour

Social Behaviour
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The lessons will be supported by an extensive use of video and web resources. Some specific topics will be covered by research experts.
A strong student involvement is widely expected. According to this guided discussions will be encouraged during lessons. Moreover practical activities in the laboratory and research activities in small groups with the presentation of their own work for assessment are expected.

It will be also provided a parallel activity for those students who are interested in a direct experience in laboratories. During these activities students will be assisted while planning and conducting some short experiments
Additional notes about suggested reading: Attending studies are required to refer to the following book: Animal Behavior: A Beginner's Guide (Byers).
Non-Attending students are required to refer to the following book: Animal behaviour. Mechanism, development, function and evolution (Barnard)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Barnard, Chris, Animal behaviour. Mechanism, development, function and evolution. Harlow: Pearson Education Limited, 2004. NON ATTENDING STUDENTS Cerca nel catalogo
  • Byers, John, Animal Behavior: A Beginner's Guide. --: Oneworld Publications, 2013. ATTENDING STUDENTS