Animal Behavior Course:
BIOL 381 ~ Animal Behavior ~ Spring 2014
Professor of Biology
Christian Brothers University
A.E.R.'s Home Page
Mon., Thurs., & Fri. 2:00-5:30.
Animal Behavior Course Resources -- There will be revisions for 2014 (new textbook)
for 2014: Nordell, Shawn and Thomas Valone. 2013. Animal Behavior: Concepts, Methods, and Applications. Oxford University Press. ISBN-13: 978-0199737598 (Publisher's description) (Detailed Table of Contents pdf)
2012 Course Information:
BIOL 381 Animal Behavior
|Course Information BIOL 381.
BIOL 381 is offered in even-numbered Spring semesters (alternating with BIOL 414 Animal Histology).
Phone: 321-3436 (Please record a message if I'm not in the office.)
Dr. Ross's Home Page http://www.cbu.edu/~aross
Mon., Thurs., and Fri. 2:00-5:30.
Additional appointment times are available upon request (see posted schedule).
|Required Materials for the 2014 Animal Behavior Course|
|Syllabus for Spring 2012 (pdf to download)|
|Animal Behavior Lecture & Presentation Schedule|
and History 1
History and Approaches 2, 11
Approaches & Methods 3
FAP: Albatross video
|Links for Unit
Animal Behavior http://www.flyfishingdevon.co.uk/salmon/
Supernormal Stimulus Egg retrieval studies
Behavior Genetics 19, 6
and Behavior 7
Hormones and Behavior 8
|Unit 3 Readings:
Wingfield (see \\facstaff\biology)
Reports included on Exam 3.
Exam 4 [Chs. 12, 16, and Reports]
|Reports included on Exam
|Unit 5 Readings:
1986 Ecol and Evol.
Reports included on Exam 5
|Live Animal Cams (streaming video)|
|Please note: Exam dates will not be changed unless the majority of the class agrees. There may be minor changes in the scheduling of lecture topics.|
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"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having originally been breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity,
from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved."
Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection
¶If you miss an exam without prior arrangement or fail to notify me within one hour of the scheduled class time to arrange a specific time for a make up exam, you will not be eligible for a makeup exam and you will receive a zero for the missed exam.
Exams will cover the topics indicated on the attached schedule unless specific changes are announced in class. Each exam will cover material from lecture, Reports prepared by fellow students, class presentations, discussions, handouts, reading assignments, and the text. Exams will consist of objective, short answer, and specific essay questions. Exam questions will always require detailed and precise responses employing the specialized terminology introduced in the course and answers may occasionally require well-labeled diagrams. Note: Exam dates will not be changed unless the majority of the class agrees. Changes in the class schedule may be announced in class. Topics not listed on the schedule may be covered by Reports.
Reports: One short Report
(study guides) will be required during the semester. Each report
will be prepared and presented by two students working together.
You will need to work with a different classmate for each of the two reports.
All Reports are to be distributed to each member of the class, submitted
digitally, as well as turned in to me. Students will select subject
areas related to the topics covered in the course textbook. Each
Report will be succinct but detailed and will focus on only one specific
topic. A Report should be an analysis of one or two papers published
in scientific journals or book.
The goal is that the Report will serve
as a detailed and specific study guide for enrichment on a course topic.
Exams will include material covered in Reports. Your Report must
be organized with informational headings and subheadings (a topical outline
format is recommended). Reports may not be merely paragraphs of text
but must include tables, charts, diagrams, or other study aides.
Reports must be word-processed and should be at least four pages long (single
spaced, not including Literature Cited, tables, and figures).
Word-processing requirements for Animal Behavior Reports:
Report and Presentation: On or before your Report due date, you will distribute a printed copy of the Report to each member of the class and to me (printed and digital copy to be saved into the course shared directory). You and your classmate will make a brief (15 min.) explanatory presentation of your Report and you will be expected to answer questions from your classmates and me. PowerPoint presentations are required. (You will need to submit your powerpoint and other digital resources to be saved into the course shared directory.) You will also need to study the Report handouts you receive from other students because you will be required to ask helpful questions during the discussion of the other Reports.
Your Report will earn a maximum of 70 points: 20 points maximum for the Draft (a detailed draft including figures and with references correctly listed in Literature Cited), 30 points maximum for the Report, 20 points maximum for the in-class Presentation and answering questions. No point credit will be earned for a late Draft, late Report, or if one or both classmates are unprepared for the in-class presentation. Satisfactory completion of the Report is required to pass the course.
Deadlines for Reports:
Exam 1 100 pts. Report 1 70 (20 for Draft, 30 for Final Report, 20 for presentation)
Exam 2 100
Exam 3 100
Exam 4 100
Exam 5 100
TOTAL 570 points
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|Course Resources are available on CBU's biology shared directory [Restricted to CBU]|
• Open Windows Explorer
• Pull down the Tools menu
• Select Map network drive
• At the Map Network Drive dialog box:
o Type in Folder: \\facstaff\biology
o Click this link: Connect using a different user name
o Click Finish
o Password: your cbu email password (your Active Directory password)
o Click OK
Dr. Anna E. Ross, Professor of Biology, Christian Brothers University
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A.E.R.'s Home Page http://www.cbu.edu/~aross