Evolution, Behaviour and Ecology (FND09)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Spring teaching

You’ll gain a grounding in behavioural ecology, with an emphasis on examples from the animal and plant kingdoms.

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.

Assessment will include a group presentation, allowing you to develop your communication skills, build confidence, and develop your abilities to work in a team. There will also be an essay, providing you with an opportunity to further develop your academic skills.



51%: Lecture
30%: Practical (Fieldwork, Laboratory, Workshop)
19%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Media production)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. 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: