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300349 UE Methods in Cognitive Biology (2018W)

3.00 ECTS (3.00 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 serve).


max. 25 participants
Language: English



Introductory meeting: 04.10.2018 at 2 pm (sharp!) in CogBio Seminar room, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien, 2.Ebene

Teaching blocks:
11.10.2018 (Thursday) / 4 hours / 2pm to 6pm (Introductory concepts and Methods in Ethology)
17.10.2018 (Wednesday) / 1 hour / 4pm to 5pm (Pre-field work)
18.10.2018 (Thursday) / 4 hour / 12pm to 4pm (Field work part1)
25.10.2018 (Thursday) / 4 hour / 2pm to 6pm (Methods in neuroscience and bioacoustics)
15.11.2018 (Thursday) / 4 hour / 12pm to 4pm (Field work part2)
22.11.2018 (Thursday) / 4 hour / 2pm to 6pm (Statistics workshop part1)
23.11.2018 (Friday) / 4 hour / 2pm to 6pm (Statistics workshop part2)
06.12.2018 (Thursday) / 3 hour / 2pm to 5pm (Scientific diffusion part1)
13.12.2018 (Thursday) / 3 hour / 2pm to 5pm (Scientific diffusion part2)
10.01.2019 (Thursday) / 1 hour / 4pm to 5pm (Pre-poster session checkup)
31.01.2019 (Thursday) / 3 hour / 2pm to 5pm (Poster session part1)
01.02.2019 (Friday) / 3 hour / 2pm to 5pm (Poster session part2)


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course is developed to strengthen the methodological and analytical skills of the students. We cover all the different phases of scientific research with a specific focus on the field of Cognitive Biology, including: (1) study design, (2) methods in basic ethology, neuroscience and bioacoustics, (3) data collection, (4) conducting and interpreting statistics, (5) proposal and abstract writing, (6) the process of peer-review, and (7) poster presentation skills.

Assessment and permitted materials

The participants will be asked to attend the lecture blocks, collect data in the field, analyse their data, hand in written assignments, prepare and make an oral and poster presentation of their work, and participate in the scientific discussions.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

-Field work
-Written home assignment
-Oral Presentation
-Active participation

Examination topics

The course comprises a combination of lectures, field work, individual work, and group work/discussion.

Reading list

Association in the course directory


Last modified: We 17.10.2018 14:08