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

(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



Die Vorbesprechung findet am 5. Oktober 2020 um 15:00 Uhr statt. Die Vorbesprechung wird online stattfinden und der entsprechende Link wird zeitgerecht per Mail verschickt.


Aims, contents and method of the course

You do your own behavioural biology project! Students observe animals, formulate a research question, collect data, analyse the data, and give an oral and written report. This three-week practicum can be done as an individual or member of a group with up to 3 people. Most students have done their projects on one of the following three model systems at the Konrad Lorenz Research Centre in Grünau im Almtal: a behavioural biology project on Greylag Geese, Northern Bald Ibis or Ravens. After an initial ethogram (2d), you plan your study, collect data (10d) and learn how to analyse and write a scientific report. Wide ranging topics depending on what we agree is feasible to do.

Assessment and permitted materials

Daily discussions, regular meetings to monitor your work and progress and in particular to discuss the theoretical framework of your study and feedback on a draft version of your final report.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The willingness to think and work independently, to work effectively as a member of a team, and the willingness to incorporate constructive feedback from your mentors. Knowledge about statistical analysis will be useful to you but is not an essential requirement for enrolment.

Examination topics

Ethogram, oral report, and final written report.

Reading list

Each project will have its own reading materials that can be accessed from the KLF library or online via search engines such as google scholar.

Association in the course directory

BZO 12, MVN W-1

Last modified: Th 17.09.2020 14:30