Animal and Plant Behavioural Ecology (FND09)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Spring teaching

This module aims to provide you with a grounding in behavioural ecology, in terms of concepts, and appreciation of the theories behind the concepts. An emphasis is placed on examples from the animal and plant kingdoms.

Assessment will include a group presentation, allowing you to develop your communication skills, build confidence, and develop your abilities to work with others within a team. Assessment will also include an essay, which aims to provide you with an opportunity to further develop your academic skills.

Topics will include: introduction to classification; population ecology; community ecology; natural selection; sexual selection; plant diversity and behaviour; animal diversity and behaviour; introduction to kin selection and altruism.


52%: Lecture
36%: Practical (Fieldwork, Laboratory)
12%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 40 hours of contact time and 110 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.