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SCN1031442, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1179, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ETHOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
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ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/05 Zoology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Prerequisites: Good knowledge in evolutionary biology, ecology, genetics, and zoology (advanced undergraduate course level)
Target skills and knowledge: This course introduces the students to the scientific study of the behaviour of animals. Providing a theoretical framework, illustrated with numerous examples, all aspects of animal behaviour are discussed. Students will be encouraged to think about the evolutionary origin and adaptive significance of behaviour.
Examination methods: Written test (multiple choice questions, open questions)
Assessment criteria: Final written test will evaluate the level of knowledge, comprehension, application, and critical analysis of the course topics
Course unit contents: Main topics will regard the link between animal behavior ecology and evolution, the development and control of behaviour: genes environment and neural mechanisms, the evolution of animal signals, adaptive responses to predators, foraging behaviour and optimality models, reproductive behaviour: male and female tactics, mating systems, parental care, sperm competition and sexual selection, sexual conflict, social behavior, kin selection.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures
Additional notes about suggested reading: Material for the course (scientific papers, course slides etc.) will be made available by the teacher
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • John Alcock, Etologia. --: Zanichelli, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • John Alcock, Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach 10th edition. --: Sinauer, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Questioning
  • Story telling
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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