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:
*
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

No details are currently available for BL4285 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)

BL4285: Assessment

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

(MMS assessment data cached: 17 November 2018 23:20:12.)


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 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 MichelettiResearch Fellowajcm2@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)