Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4263 The Question of Culture in Cetaceans

(BL4263 online module handbook version 11)

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The existence and extent of social learning and cultural transmission in non-humans is a very active area of current research, as well as of controversy, with an active ongoing debate. The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to this area through considering the conceptual issues and direct and indirect evidence for cultural transmission in cetaceans, the whales and dolphins. We will consider what is meant by the term 'culture', how it can be studied in non-humans, and the evidence for and against such processes being present in cetacean societies.*

Credits: 15*

Semester: 2

Module Organiser
Dr Luke Rendell
ler4@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463499
Pre-requisite Modules:
Before taking this module you must pass BL3319*
Anti-requisite Modules:
*
Post-requisite Modules:
*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk      Tel: 01334  463602

BL4263: Timetable

No details are currently available for BL4263 Timetable

Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
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* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL4263: Assessment

1.5-hour Written Examination = 40%, Coursework = 60%*

(MMS assessment data cached: 13 November 2018 23:20:10.)


The following related information applies to all Biology modules:

School of Biology Marking Criteria: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Late submission of continuous assessment work:

All late submissions of coursework that do not require electronic submission should be made via the late submissions box in the Biomolecular Science Building (beside the Teaching Office)
Exam details: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Exam timetable: see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/academic/examinations/examtimetablescurrent/
Expected attendance: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook for detailed attendance requirements.
Good Academic Practice & Avoiding Academic Misconduct: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
University Student Handbook: University Student Handbook
School and University regulations in the School and University Undergraduate Handbook relating to absence reporting, penalties and rules for late submission of work, extensions for coursework, return of coursework, S-coding, good academic practice and Academic Alerts.: School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook University Student Handbook
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
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* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Who to ask

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)

Questions about different aspects of the module should be directed to different people:

Questions about Contact
General teaching matters Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )
Rescheduled or cancelled events Check your University email
Lecture or practical content The lecturer who presented the material
Completing assessed practical assignments The lecturer who set the assignment
Completing assessments Module Organiser (Dr Luke Rendell ler4@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Dr Luke Rendell ler4@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Dr Luke Rendell ler4@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Dr Luke Rendell ler4@st-andrews.ac.uk) and the Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )

Difficulties with academic progress which impact more than one module:

Year Coordinator

See School of Biology Undergraduate student handbook for list: http://biology.st-andrews.ac.uk/documents/UndergraduateHandbook.pdf

Overall performance, progress or future directions:

Advisor of Studies

Disability:

Disability Coordinator (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Biology Teaching Office:

The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tel: 01334 463602

BL4263: Contributing Staff

Dr Luke Rendell

Dr Luke Rendell
(Module Organiser)

MASTS Reader in Biologyler4@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Ellen GarlandDr Ellen GarlandRoyal Society University Research Fellowecg5@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Luke RendellDr Luke Rendell
(Module Organiser)
MASTS Reader in Biologyler4@st-andrews.ac.uk
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL4263: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL4263 successfully should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge about the study of behavior generally and in cetaceans in particular.
  • demonstrate familiarity with the interdisciplinary debate about the evolution of culture.
  • read and assess primary literature critically.
  • constructively discuss areas of scientific controversy.
  • write critical evaluations of scientific work.
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL4263: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

    Transferable Skills

    • Group discussion - participating
    • Journal club
    • Short informal presentation (using PowerPoint or not)
    • Paper critique
    • Short essay (1000-2000 words)
    • Critically evaluating sources/information
    • Finding literature
    • Referencing
    • Searching databases
    • Sourcing figures/tables
    • Generating questions
    • Reflective analysis
    • Critiquing experimental design
    • Organising group work
    • Working in pairs/small groups
    Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
    Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
    * University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
    School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
    University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

    Policies

    (Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)