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Many of us derive inspiration from watching natural history documentaries and their astounding catalogue of wild animal behaviours.  In this course, we will explore how scientists study animal behaviour, and in particular how behaviour is shaped by the evolutionary forces of natural and sexual selection. Topics include resource acquisition; avoiding enemies; mate choice and sexual conflict; cues, signals and communication; parental care and social behaviour; and the role of genes, environments and learning in regulating behavioural diversity.  We draw on examples from across the animal kingdom to illustrate the complex mechanisms underlying adaptations, and complement these with natural history videos that highlight key concepts. We evaluate the scientific rigour of studies used to test theory, and highlight the often ingenious methods adopted by researchers to understand animal behaviour. This course will help you understand the remarkable behaviours of wild animals from an evolutionary perspective.  [Image: Peacock spider. Photo by Jürgen Otto, Manakin bird footage (Ex-Riddle of the Sexes) reproduced with permission, courtesy of BBC Worldwide Ltd]...
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Introduction to animal behaviour

In week one of the course, we will introduce the topic of animal behaviour from an evolutionary perspective and explain the importance of asking the right questions about what, how or why animals are behaving. You will learn how to differentiate between proximate and ultimate causes of behaviour and discover some of the methods researchers employ to answer questions about behaviour scientifically. These lectures will form the foundation for topics to come in the later weeks, so please take the time to watch them. ...
Reading
5 видео (всего 62 мин.), 3 материалов для самостоятельного изучения, 1 тест
Video5 видео
2. Asking the right questions13мин
3. Correlation, experimentation and comparison14мин
4. Tools for studying behaviour15мин
5. Natural selection and behavioural adaptations14мин
Reading3 материала для самостоятельного изучения
Start of course survey10мин
Week one outline5мин
Week one resourcesмин
Quiz1 практическое упражнение
Week one quiz - practice20мин
Week
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2 ч. на завершение

Genes, environments and learning

In week two of the course, we explore the developmental basis of behaviour, focussing on the roles that genes and the environment play in shaping behaviour. Because all behaviours are the product of interactions between genes and the environment, the oft-used term "Nature or Nurture" is unhelpful - there is no such thing as a behaviour that is purely genetically or environmentally determined. The interplay between variable genes and a variable environment helps explain behavioural variation: depending on how and when they interact, different outcomes are possible. Learning provides animals with a mechanism to adjust behaviour adaptively based on experience...
Reading
3 видео (всего 46 мин.), 2 материалов для самостоятельного изучения, 1 тест
Video3 видео
2. How do genetic and environmental influences shape behaviour?18мин
3. Learning behaviour17мин
Reading2 материала для самостоятельного изучения
Week two outline10мин
Week two resourcesмин
Quiz1 практическое упражнение
Week 2 quiz - graded20мин
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Finding food and avoiding predators

Week three of the course will look at factors that influence how individuals make decisions as they go about their day to day lives, particularly around finding food and avoiding predators. We will introduce the use of mathematical models for predicting how animals will behave under certain circumstances. We also consider how interactions between predators and prey can lead to co-evolutionary 'arms races'....
Reading
6 видео (всего 93 мин.), 2 материалов для самостоятельного изучения, 1 тест
Video6 видео
2. Foraging and optimality11мин
3. Resource Competition22мин
4. Animal contests & game theory19мин
5. Anti-predator behaviour12мин
6. Predators vs prey: evolutionary arms races14мин
Reading2 материала для самостоятельного изучения
Week three outline10мин
Week three resourcesмин
Quiz1 практическое упражнение
Week three quiz - graded20мин
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Communication

This week, we consider the topic of animal communication. We explore some of the different modalities (visual, auditory, olfactory, electrosensory and tactile) animals use to communicate with each other, and the abiotic (structural) and biotic (predators, parasites) challenges animals face in transmitting their signals. We discuss the difference between signals and cues, and reflect on under what circumstances natural selection might favour signals that are honest or deceptive....
Reading
5 видео (всего 69 мин.), 2 материалов для самостоятельного изучения, 1 тест
Video5 видео
2. Communication and signal design16мин
3. Signal reliability - what keeps signals honest?13мин
4. Deceptive signals: mimicry and sensory exploitation13мин
5. Eavesdropping13мин
Reading2 материала для самостоятельного изучения
Week four outline10мин
Week four resourcesмин
Quiz1 практическое упражнение
Week four quiz - graded20мин

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Raoul Mulder

Associate Professor

Mark Elgar

Professor of Evolutionary Biology
Department of Zoology

О The University of Melbourne

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  • Зарегистрировавшись на сертификацию, вы получите доступ ко всем видео, тестам и заданиям по программированию (если они предусмотрены). Задания по взаимной оценке сокурсниками можно сдавать и проверять только после начала сессии. Если вы проходите курс без оплаты, некоторые задания могут быть недоступны.

  • Оплатив сертификацию, вы получите доступ ко всем материалам курса, включая оцениваемые задания. После успешного прохождения курса на странице ваших достижений появится электронный сертификат. Оттуда его можно распечатать или прикрепить к профилю LinkedIn. Просто ознакомиться с содержанием курса можно бесплатно.

  • No. The course deals with wild animals in their natural environment.

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