Ethology assessment

CONTINUED EVALUATION. 3 Evaluation tests – weighting 33.3% x 3 – Minimum 10 values (final average)
First test: object, method and relation with other sciences. Classical ethology (4 questions, history, concepts, models). Sensory processes and perception (Sensory filtering, selective attention). Ecology of the senses (environmental adaptations, alternative senses, prey vs. predators). Coordination and orientation (movement, spatial orientation, navigation). Physiology and behavior in changing environment (clocks, reproduction, hibernation, rhythms). If necessary, the students who have the names between “J” and “Z” enter the first hour. Any exchange has to be made between students
Second test. Development of behavior (environment, critical phases, juvenile and innate behavior). Learning and behavior (biological aspects and cognitive aspects). Natural selection and behavioral ecology (success and evolution of adaptive strategies). Evolution and social behavior (sexual selection, sexual strategies, altruism, and cooperation). If necessary, students who have the names between “A” and “I” enter the first hour. Any exchange has to be made between colleagues.
Third test. Evolution and social behavior (sexual selection, sexual strategies, altruism, and cooperation) – conclusion. Behavioral ecology (territoriality and group life). Social behavior of Primates (primate evolution, mating, social behavior). Ritualization and communication (ritualization, conflict, and communication). Human behavior (non-verbal communication, sex, family, altruism, territory, and aggression). Animal Mentality (language, mental representation, and intentional behavior) Intelligence, use of tools and culture. Self-recognition and Animal Emotion If necessary, students who have the names between “J” and “Z” enter the first hour. Any exchange has to be made between students.
FINAL EVALUATION (normal, resource or special season). 1 Assessment test – weighting 60% – Minimum 10 values 1 Theoretical paper – weighting 15% – Minimum 10 values
TEST OR EXAMINATION. The test / examination will be in the form of multiple choice and will have a duration of 60 minutes.
Theme. The work consists of the deepening of one of the subjects studied through the recent research obtained in articles of scientific investigation. Among the topics (see syllabus) we recommend one of the following: Territoriality, Social Behavior of Primates, Communication, Non-verbal human communication, Selection of partners and sexual strategies in humans, Family relations and altruism in humans, Territorial behavior and aggression in human, Language and mental representation in nonhuman animals, Use of tools by nonhuman animals, Self-recognition, or Consciousness in nonhuman animals.
Sources. A minimum of FIVE scientific articles should be used. Only journal articles indexed in PubMed * will be accepted. Alternatively, refer to the list of magazines listed below. Some papers are free and available for reading. Others will have to be requested from the authors through their electronic mail. Asking authors avoids payment, usually high. To reduce the risk of some authors not responding immediately, I suggest that a large number of authors are contacted. I DO NOT accept internet pages, dictionaries or encyclopedias.
Students MUST NOT plagiarize and will have to paraphrase the subjects in their own words. Plagiarism consists of using the text of another as if it were yours, which is prohibited. Plagiarism detection involves failing in the course.
FFormat. The work should have up to 2 pages (times new roman, 12, double space). All sources should be referred to at the end of the work in accordance with APA standards. To do this, read the Schoolwork Guidelines (in Portuguese). Failure to follow these rules will prejudice the note. You can check a year’s work to serve as a model. Papers should be sent in PDF format to my email SEVEN days before the exam. The items consulted will be e-mailed along with the work. Each article must be complete, in PDF format and underlined. I always send an email confirmation of receipt of the works and attachments; If this does not happen, please try another mail.
Criteria for evaluation. Structure and presentation = 6 values (Title is specific and informative = 0.5; Consistent, clear text and integrates the information of the five articles into a whole = 2.5; Spelling, grammar and correct APA rules = 3). Analysis of articles = 14 values = 1.8 x article / 0.8 x summary (Clarity of the explanations of the concepts of animal behavior;
List of journals accepted for the theoretical papers for examination period. Aggressive Behavior Animal Behaviour Applied Animal Behaviour Science Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology Behaviour Canadian Journal of Zoology Ethology Journal of Zoology Nature Physiology & Behavior
Notes. The grades will be posted on my web page and in Moodle. Final grades should be confirmed in e-SCA.