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Animal Behaviour

University of Aberdeen

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 4 years Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £9250.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

Animal Behaviour is an interdisciplinary degree and field of science that examines the interactions between behaviour and biology. An organism’s evolutionary history and current environmental conditions drive behaviour, and feedback from behavioural decisions in turn drives evolutionary processes.

Our Animal Behaviour degree differs from our Zoology degree in that it includes courses from Psychology in the first two years. It also differs from the Behavioural Biology degree as this programme focuses more on the organism as a whole and less on neuroscience.

Animal Behaviour is an interdisciplinary degree and field of science that examines the interactions between behaviour and biology. An organism’s evolutionary history and current environmental conditions drive behaviour, and feedback from behavioural decisions in turn drives evolutionary processes. Our Animal Behaviour degree differs from our Zoology degree in that it includes...

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Course Content

Each year you take a selection of compulsory courses and optional courses that can be chosen from those on offer across the institution. The first two years lay a foundation for the more specialised third and fourth years.

  • Year 1

All students take eight courses in the first year. On this degree you take seven compulsory courses and one elective, which can be selected from any discipline in the university.

Compulsory Courses

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Frontiers in Biological Sciences (BI1009) - 15 Credit Points

Diversity of Life 1 (BI1012) - 15 Credit Points

Introductory Psychology I: Concepts and Theory (PS1009) - 15 Credit Points

Ecology and Environmental Science (BI1511) - 15 Credit Points

Diversity of Life 2 (BI1512) - 15 Credit Points

Introductory Psychology II: Concepts and Theory (PS1509) - 15 Credit Points

The Cell (SM1501) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 15 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

In year two you will take six compulsory courses and two electives. Both electives can be selected from any discipline in the university.

Compulsory Courses

Biological Enhanced Skills Training (BEST) (BI2018) - 15 Credit Points

Genes and Evolution (BI2017) - 15 Credit Points

Advanced Psychology B: Concepts and Theory (PS2517) - 15 Credit Points

Principles of Animal Physiology (BI2510) - 15 Credit Points

Ecology (BI2020) - 15 Credit Points

Advanced Psychology A: Concepts and Theory (PS2017) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select one of the following options:

  • BI25F4 Fish and Shellfish Biology Field Course
  • BI25F3 Parasitology Field Course
  • BI25F2 Coastal Biodiversity Field Course
  • BI25F1 Freshwater and Terrestrial Ecology Field Course
  • ZO25F1 Littoral and Sublittoral Marine Biology Field Course

Select a further 15 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 3

Year three consists of eight courses; six compulsory and two elective.

Compulsory Courses

Statistical Analysis of Biological Data (BI3010) - 15 Credit Points

Animal Evolution and Biodiversity (ZO3011) - 15 Credit Points

Animal Management and Welfare (ZO3309) - 15 Credit Points

Behavioural Biology (BI3505) - 15 Credit Points

Field Skills in Animal Behaviour (BI3810) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 45 credit points from second half-session courses of choice.

  • Year 4

In year 4, the honours year, you will carry out a research project as well as writing an extended essay and completing advanced courses of your choosing.

Compulsory Courses

SBS Honours Project (Semester 1) (BI4016) - 45 Credit Points

Advanced Behavioural Ecology (ZO4539) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Plus 60 credits from courses of choice, at least 30 of which must be from courses delivered by the School of Biological Sciences at level 4

Each year you take a selection of compulsory courses and optional courses that can be chosen from those on offer across the institution. The first two years lay a foundation for the more specialised third and fourth years. Year 1 All students take eight courses in the first year. On this degree you take seven compulsory courses and one...

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Available Dates

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King's College Aberdeen

Full Time, 4 years

September, 2020

£9250.00

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB*

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB*

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB*

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB*

Minimum: BBC*

Adjusted: CCC*

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL*.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB*, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB* Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB* Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of...

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Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
96%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
100% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
98% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
93% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
88% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
93% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
88% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
87% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
92% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
80% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
69% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
80% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
99% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
85% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
67% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
88% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
77% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
82% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
86% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
90% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
98% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
Learning community
87% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
99% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
97% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
90% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
74% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
57% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

Did not participate.

Statistics

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points128

  • Employment Rate85%

  • Average Graduate Salary£17000

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