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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 40 hours of contact time and about 110 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: