Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4289 Animal Cognition

(BL4289 online module handbook version 11)

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image: Wild rufous hummingbird feeding from an artificial flower in an experiment testing its spatial memory.  Photo by TA Hurly

In this module we will investigate the cognitive abilities of animals, with particular interest in understanding the adaptive value of those abilities. This means that although we will develop an understanding of animal cognition based on standard animal models (typically rats and pigeons), we will extend those principles to addressing cognitive abilities in 'real' animals behaving in the 'real' world. We will use Shettleworth's book, already the key animal cognition text, as our starting point with student-led seminars providing breadth by presenting examples from the recent burgeoning of literature on non-model animals. The result will be a stimulating opportunity to develop a critical understanding of how animals perceive their world, how their cognitive abilities are shaped by that world and how those abilities lead to reproductive success.*

Credits: 15*

Semester: 1

Module Organiser
Prof Susan Healy
sdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 462065
Pre-requisite Modules:
Before taking this module you must pass BL3319*
Anti-requisite Modules:
You cannot take this module if you take BL5441*
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

BL4289: Timetable

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tutorial
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Semester 1: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
02-10-2018
11:00 to 13:00
Harold Mitchell Building
Seminar Room 1
Prof Susan Healy

Tutorial T1: tutorial/workshop
2018-9_BL4289_T1

Semester 1: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
09-10-2018
11:00 to 13:00
Harold Mitchell Building
Seminar Room 1
Prof Susan Healy

Tutorial T2: tutorial/workshop
2018-9_BL4289_T2

Semester 1: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
16-10-2018
11:00 to 13:00
Harold Mitchell Building
Seminar Room 1
Prof Susan Healy

Tutorial T3: tutorial/workshop
2018-9_BL4289_T3

Semester 1: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
30-10-2018
11:00 to 13:00
Harold Mitchell Building
Seminar Room 1
Prof Susan Healy

Tutorial T4: tutorial/workshop
2018-9_BL4289_T4

Semester 1: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
06-11-2018
11:00 to 13:00
Harold Mitchell Building
Seminar Room 1
Prof Susan Healy

Tutorial T5: tutorial/workshop
2018-9_BL4289_T5

Semester 1: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
13-11-2018
11:00 to 13:00
Harold Mitchell Building
Seminar Room 1
Prof Susan Healy

Tutorial T6: tutorial/workshop
2018-9_BL4289_T6

Semester 1: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
20-11-2018
11:00 to 13:00
Harold Mitchell Building
Seminar Room 1
Prof Susan Healy

Tutorial T7: tutorial/workshop
2018-9_BL4289_T7
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)

BL4289: Assessment

2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%*

(MMS assessment data cached: 14 November 2018 23:20:08.)


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 (Prof Susan Healy sdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Prof Susan Healy sdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Prof Susan Healy sdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Prof Susan Healy sdh11@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

BL4289: Contributing Staff

Prof Susan Healy

Prof Susan Healy
(Module Organiser)

Professorsdh11@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Susan HealyProf Susan Healy
(Module Organiser)
Professorsdh11@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)

BL4289: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL4289 successfully should be able to:

  • Appraise critically research papers, in particular experimental design aspects
  • Describe the current major questions in animal cognition
  • Design an experiment to investigate cognition in animals
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)

BL4289: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

    Transferable Skills

    • Group discussion - leading
    • Group discussion - participating
    • Journal club
    • Short informal presentation (using PowerPoint or not)
    • Short essay (1000-2000 words)
    • Critically evaluating sources/information
    • Finding information on the web
    • Finding literature
    • Generating questions
    • 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)