Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4285 Complex Systems in Animal Behaviour

(BL4285 online module handbook version 11)

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Behaving animals form complex systems, and can create complicated and beautiful phenomena, such as flocks of birds, termite nests, and patterns of army ant swarms. This course will look at research that examines animal behaviour from a complex systems perspective, where analyses range from captive housing of entire bird flocks, computer simulation, and use of robots to interact with the animals. Introductory lectures will be followed by seminar-style discussion of the primary literature, computer practicals, and hands-on practicals where students will identify complex systems in animal behaviour around St Andrews.*

Credits: 15*

Semester: 2

Module Organiser
Dr V Anne Smith
vas1@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463368
Pre-requisite Modules:
PERMISSION OF BIOLOGY HONOURS ADVISER REQUIRED*
Anti-requisite Modules:
None*
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

BL4285: Timetable

Legend (not all modules have every event type):
lecture
tutorial
workshop
practical
other

Semester 2: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
31-01-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Harold Mitchell Building
HMB Seminar Room 2
Dr V Anne Smith

Lecture L1: Introduction to Complex Systems
2017-8_BL4285_L1
Friday
02-02-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Harold Mitchell Building
HMB Seminar Room 2
Dr V Anne Smith

Lecture L2: Cellular Automata and Agent-based Models
2017-8_BL4285_L2

Semester 2: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
07-02-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Harold Mitchell Building
HMB Seminar Room 2
Mr Alberto Micheletti
Dr Luke Rendell
Lecture L3: Guest Lecture
2017-8_BL4285_L3
Friday
09-02-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Harold Mitchell Building
HMB Seminar Room
Dr V Anne Smith

Other O1: Student-led Discussion (Classic Papers)
2017-8_BL4285_O1

Semester 2: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
14-02-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Harold Mitchell Building
HMB Seminar Room
Dr V Anne Smith

Other O2: Student-led Discussion (Classic Papers)
2017-8_BL4285_O2
Friday
16-02-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Harold Mitchell Building
HMB Seminar Room
Dr V Anne Smith

Other O3: Student-led Discussion (Classic Papers)
2017-8_BL4285_O3

Semester 2: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
21-02-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Harold Mitchell Building
HMB Seminar Room
Dr V Anne Smith

Other O4: Student-led Discussion (Student-Chosen Papers)
2017-8_BL4285_O4
Friday
23-02-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Harold Mitchell Building
HMB Seminar Room
Dr V Anne Smith

Other O5: Student-led Discussion (Student-Chosen Papers)
2017-8_BL4285_O5

Semester 2: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
26-02-2018
11:00 to 13:00
Bute Building
Bute Media Lab C38
Dr V Anne Smith

Practical P1: Computer Practical
2017-8_BL4285_P1
Each student should attend 2 of the 4 practical times (sign up on MMS)
Tuesday
27-02-2018
10:00 to 12:00
Bute Building
Bute Media Lab C38
Dr V Anne Smith

Practical P2: Computer Practical
2017-8_BL4285_P2
Each student should attend 2 of the 4 practical times (sign up on MMS)
Wednesday
28-02-2018
14:00 to 16:00
Bute Building
Bute Media Lab C38
Dr V Anne Smith

Practical P3: Computer Practical
2017-8_BL4285_P3
Each student should attend 2 of the 4 practical times (sign up on MMS)
Thursday
01-03-2018
11:00 to 13:00
Bute Building
Bute media lab C38
Dr V Anne Smith

Practical P4: Computer Practical
2017-8_BL4285_P4
Each student should attend 2 of the 4 practical times (sign up on MMS)

Semester 2: Week 6

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
07-03-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Harold Mitchell Building
HMB Seminar Room
Dr V Anne Smith

Other O6: Student-led Discussion (Student-Chosen Papers)
2017-8_BL4285_O6
Friday
09-03-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Harold Mitchell Building
HMB Seminar Room
Dr V Anne Smith

Other O7: Student-led Discussion (Student-Chosen Papers)
2017-8_BL4285_O7

Semester 2: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
14-03-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Harold Mitchell Building
HMB Seminar Room
Dr V Anne Smith

Other O8: Student-led Discussion (Student-Chosen Papers)
2017-8_BL4285_O8
Friday
16-03-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Harold Mitchell Building
HMB Seminar Room
Dr V Anne Smith

Other O9: Student-led Discussion (Student-Chosen Papers)
2017-8_BL4285_O9

Reading Week: 17-Mar-2018 to 01-Apr-2018

Semester 2: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
04-04-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Harold Mitchell Building
HMB Seminar Room
Dr V Anne Smith

Other O10: Field Project Presentations and End-of-Module Prizes/Discussion
2017-8_BL4285_O10
Friday
06-04-2018
12:00 to 13:00
Harold Mitchell Building
HMB Seminar Room
Dr V Anne Smith

Other O11: Field Project Presentations and End-of-Module Prizes/Discussion
2017-8_BL4285_O11
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)

BL4285: Reading List

Click for BL4285 reading list

BL4285: Assessment

2-hour Written Examination = 25%, Coursework = 75%*

Assessment:
Choice for marked think piece 1
Due by:
23/02/2018 13:00
Feedback due by:
16/03/2018 13:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
20%
Assessment:
Field project Handout
Due by:
04/04/2018 12:00
Feedback due by:
25/04/2018 12:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
25%
Assessment:
Choice for marked think piece 2
Due by:
04/04/2018 13:00
Feedback due by:
25/04/2018 13:00
Type:
Turnitin
Weight:
30%

(MMS assessment data cached: 22 February 2018 23:20:28.)


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.
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)

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 V Anne Smith vas1@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Dr V Anne Smith vas1@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Dr V Anne Smith vas1@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Dr V Anne Smith vas1@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

BL4285: Contributing Staff

Dr V Anne Smith

Dr V Anne Smith
(Module Organiser)

Senior Lecturervas1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Mr Alberto MichelettiMr Alberto MichelettiPostgraduate Studentajcm2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Luke RendellDr Luke RendellMASTS Reader in Biologyler4@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr V Anne SmithDr V Anne Smith
(Module Organiser)
Senior Lecturervas1@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)

BL4285: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL4285 successfully should be able to:

  • Identify properties of complex systems
  • Assess whether a system of animal behaviour represents a complex system
  • Understand complexity-based methods of studying animal behavior
  • Search and critique primary literature
  • Gain famililarity with complexity-based methods of studying animal behavior
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)

BL4285: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

    Transferable Skills

    • Group discussion - leading
    • Group discussion - participating
    • Journal club
    • Short individual presentation on project idea (up to 15 min)
    • "Short" practical write-up (e.g. completed worksheet)
    • "Think piece"
    • Handout (for presentation or poster)
    • Critically evaluating sources/information
    • Finding literature
    • Computer programming
    • Critiquing experimental design
    • Designing experiments
    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)