Biol 385 - Biologic Topics: Animal Behavior

- Fall 2014 -

Updated:
18 August 2014

Instructor: Jim Dooley

Office: BSC 428

Phone: 740-826-8227

E-mail: jdooley@muskingum.edu

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Course Description:

This seminar is intended as a directed learning experience in the area of animal behavior. 

Reading assignments will be drawn from a text: Animal Behavior (10th Edition, John Alcock,  Sinauer Associates, Inc. Publishers, ISBN 13 =  978-0-87893-966-4). 

The overarching aim of the course is to provide you with a solid foundation in the area of animal behavior.

   

Course Learning Objectives:  Course Leaning Objectives extend directly from the Biology Department's Learning Goals.   In particular, the learning objectives for this course emphasize Biology Department Learning Goals 1 & 4.   As a result of successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

Seminar  Meetings:

This course will be delivered online. 

Student Requirements:

Each student will be required to submit a detailed outline of the week's chapter reading in the text via email no later than Sunday at 8 pm.    The outline should be written in MS Word and be broken down by the headings and subheadings in each chapter. Outlines should be detailed enough to capture all important points presented in the chapter.  In addition, outlines should include key examples and references to the literature.


Final Exam: There will be no final exam.  


Final Grade: Your final grade will be determined based on an average of your weekly outline grades.   Please note the following relative to grading policy:


Communication Policy:   I understand that you may or may not routinely check email in your personal life.  However, email is a critical means of communication for this course.  Your are responsible for checking in for course email at least once each day.  "I didn't receive the email" will not  be accepted as an excuse if you fail to receive and act on announcements or changes to course assignments

 

Classroom Schedule

 

Submission Deadline Dates

Topic/Activity

Chapter Reading

8/31

An Introduction to Animal Behavior

1

9/7

Behavioral Ecology and the Evolution of Altruism

2

9/14

The Evolution of Social Behavior
3

9/21

The Evolution of Communication
4

9/28

Avoiding Predators and Finding Food
5

10/5

The Evolution of Habitat Selection, Territoriality, and Migration
6

10/12

The Evolution of Reproductive Behavior

 7

10/19

The Evolution of Mating Systems

8

10/26

The Evolution of Parental Care

9

11/02

Proximate and Ultimate Causes of Behavior
10

11/09

The Development of Behavior
11

11/16

Evolution, Nervous Systems, and Behavior

12

11/23

How Neurons and Hormones Organize Behavior

13

12/07

The Evolution of Human Behavior
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Disabilities Statement:

Any student who wishes to request an accommodation  is responsible to contact the Disability Education Office (DEO) to discuss his/her specific needs and the process to receive reasonable accommodation.  Please contact the DEO, located in The PLUS Center in Walter Hall #26 or call 740-826-6132 to arrange an appointment as soon as possible.  At the appointment, the procedure to coordinate accommodations will be discussed.  You can also find information about the process for accommodation on the web at http://www.muskingum.edu/deo