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180159 KO MEi:CogSci Behavioural Biology Discussion (2021W)

2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English



4. Nov.- 9.Dec. 2021
Thursday 16:30-18:00
Biology building Djerassiplatz 1 , 1030 Vienna
Room to be announced


Aims, contents and method of the course

Learning Outcomes Basic Disciplinary Module Behavioural Biology
Suject specific
1) Being familiar with ethological and (comparative) psychological approaches to animal behavior, as well as behavioral ecology and cognitive ethology.
2) Being familiar with aspects of sensory ecology
3) Being familiar with history of animal behavior research, classical ethology and animal (comparative) psychology (optional).
4) Basic knowledge of key concepts of evolutionary biology as the theoretical basis of the comparative approach to behavior and cognition
5) Ability to understand and use core terminology of behavioral biology, including perception, motivation, behavioral development,
6) Being familiar with the notion of cognitive functions as an adaptive response to environmental problems (for example memory and decision making in foraging behavior, social functions of cognition, etc.)
7) Basic understanding of the notion of ecological validity and its implications to experimental settings
• Being familiar with basic approaches and techniques to observe, measure, record, to manipulate, analyze and interpret animal behavior in the field as well as under laboratory conditions

Assessment and permitted materials

The following deliverables are requirements for final grading:
- Designing an a experiment with 1-3 other students and group presentation at the last two – three sessions of the course (final grade: 30% individual performance, 20% group performance, 10% quality of the slides)
Grades: >93% 1, >81% 2, >71% 3, >61% 4, <61% 5.

-Based on the feedback of the audience the experiment has to be revised and a written experimental plan has to be submitted by end of December (submitted via email to Sabine Tebbich)
(final grade: 35%)
- Active participation (questions, statements, summaries) in the discussion sessions and the discussion sessions after presentation of other students (final grade: 35%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

A positive score (>61%) is required for passing the course.
Participation in at least 5 of the 6 seminar sessions is obligatory.

Examination topics

Continuous assessment

Reading list

Association in the course directory

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