|Module label||Basic Course in Neurosensory Science and Behaviour|
|Credit points||15.0 KP|
|Institute directory||Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences|
|Applicability of the module||
Klump, Georg Martin (Module responsibility)
Langemann, Ulrike (Module counselling)
Thiel, Christiane Margarete (Module counselling)
Mouritsen, Henrik (Module counselling)
|Skills to be acquired in this module||
Fundamentals of behavioural ecology, neuroethology and cognitive neurosciences are acquired in lectures. The knowledge is improved in exercises and seminars. In addition to independent research, students learn to present and critically assess scientific data and approaches.
The lecture "Neuroethology" yields an introduction to the mechanisms underlying the behaviour of animals. Subjects are, e.g., the mechanisms of perception, control of movement patterns, mechanisms of learning, orientation and navigation.
The lecture “Behavioural ecology” yields an introduction to the complex of subjects predator-prey interactions, optimal food utilization, spatial and temporal distribution of animals, social relations and group formation, mating systems and reproductive strategies, sexual selection, investment of parents in offspring, and communication.
In the seminar “Topical questions of Ethology”, current original literature relating to behavioural biology is reported and discussed.
The lecture and exercise “Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience” gives an insight into the cognitive functions (e.g. attention, learning, language) of the human brain.
The lecture “Psychopharmacology” imparts the connection between neurotransmitters and behaviour.
Carew TJ (2004) Behavioral Neurobiology: The Cellular Organization of Natural Behavior. Sinauer
Ward J (2010) The Student's Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience. Psychology Press
Meyer JS and Quenzer LF (2005) Psychopharmacology. Sinauer
|Languages of instruction||German, English|
|Duration (semesters)||1 Semester|
|Modullevel / module level||MM (Mastermodul)|
|Modulart / typ of module||Wahlpflicht|
|Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method|
|Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge|
|Course type||Comment||SWS||Frequency||Workload of compulsory attendance|
|Total time of attendance for the module||154 h|
|Examination||Time of examination||Type of examination|
|Final exam of module||
as agreed following the winter semester
Presentation(s) (20 %)
Written examination (80 %) (subjects of the four lectures)
Regular active participation is required for the module to be passed.