Universität Wien

300656 UE Practical course in animal cognition (2020S)

Introduction into the methods of learning experiments with animals

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. 18 participants
Language: German



blocked course
first meeting: 06.03.2020, 14.00 Uhr, Seminarraum Kognitionsbiologie. UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien


Aims, contents and method of the course

The aim of the practical course is to train students in how to i) approach scientific questions, ii) design and conduct experiments and iii) disseminate the findings via oral presentations and a written report. Students will work in small teams on research projects currently pursued in the Dept. of Cognitive Biology, allowing them to get a glimpse on the empirical side of hot topics in cognition. The course shall raise awareness of what is needed in research and prepare students for conducting their master thesis. The empirical project is structured in three units: i) development of a project proposal, ii) data collection and analysis and iii) presentation of results

Assessment and permitted materials

Oral presentations, written report; quality in participation (data collection, analysis, discussion)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Conduction of empirical study, oral presentation of concepts and results, written report
To pass the course you need to deliver a written report on the empirical findings of the chosen research topic and must not be absent more than two times in the monthly meetings. The oral presentations during monthly meetings are scored on a scale between 1-10, the participation in the discussions are scored on a scale between 1-3; the engagement and quality of the empirical work are scored on a scale from 1-5 and the written report is scored on a scale from 1-5 as well.

Examination topics

not applicable

Reading list

depending on topic

Association in the course directory

MVN W-13

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