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300188 UE Practical course in Behavioural Biology, Gruenau (2020S)

(social mechanisms) at the Konrad Lorenz Forschungsstelle in Gruenau

10.00 ECTS (6.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
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. 12 participants
Language: German



Vorbesprechung am 5. März 13:30 Uhr im Besprechungszimmer Verhaltensbiologie, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien


Aims, contents and method of the course

In a three-week practicum (alone or in a team up to 3) a behavioural biology project with greylag geese, Northern bald ibis od corvids is done. After an initial ethgogram (2d), data taking takes approx 10d, the follows data analysis and writing of the report paper. Topics are in the area of social organization and depend on season.

Assessment and permitted materials

Daily discussions, regular meetings to monitor the work progress and in particular, to discuss the theory background of the actual work, final report.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

In the course of the practicum a research projects shall be planned, data collected, analysed and the final report written, all this as independently and creatively as possible. Thereby, aprroaches and methods in behavioural biology and the biologY of cognition shall be trained and a strong impression shall be generated about the nature of scientific research. Necessary condition to be accepted as a masters student at the KLF.

Examination topics

Ethogram, quantitative behaviour coding, div. methods of protocolling; literature search; ose of different software (excel, SPSS, etc.); practical training in scientific writing

Reading list

Lehrbücher der Verhaltensbiologie (z.B. Krebs & Davis, Alcock); relevante Originalliteratur wird in den 3 Wochen Praktikum und im zugehörigen Parallelseminar bearbeitet, besprochen und in die Praktikumsarbeit integriert.

Association in the course directory

BZO 12, MVN W-1

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