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300188 UE Practical course in Behavioural Biology, Gruenau (2022W)

(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. 30 participants
Language: German



KLF (https://klf.univie.ac.at/): 4. bis 24. Februar 2023


Aims, contents and method of the course

In a three-week practicum (alone or in a team up to 4) a behavioural biology project with greylag geese, Northern bald ibis or corvids is done. After an initial ethgogram (2 days), data taking takes approx 10d, then follows data analysis and writing of the report paper. Topics are in the area of social organization and will vary depending on time of year.

Assessment and permitted materials

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

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Over the course of the practicum, you will plan a research project, collect data, analyse the data and write a final report. This will be done independently and with evidence for independent thinking and questioning. Throughout this process, approaches and methods in behavioural and/or cognitive biology will be trained and you will gain first-hand insights into the nature of scientific research.
Students plan a research study on-site (10% of marks), collect data for 10 days (20% of marks), analyze data (15% of marks), prepare a final written report (55% of marks). A written report as well as 50% are required to pass the course.
Students are not allowed to miss class sessions and are expected to be on-site for the 20 days; attendance is not graded but is mandatory.

Examination topics

Ethogram, quantitative behaviour coding, diverse methods of data collection; relevant literature citation; use of different software (excel, SPSS, etc.); evidence of scientific writing

Reading list

Text books in behavioural ecology (e.g. Krebs & Davis, Alcock); relevant peer-reviewed publications will be made available to you from archives and/or reference material at the Konrad Lorenz Research Center during the three-week practicum.

Association in the course directory

BZO 12, MVN W-1

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