Animal sound communication and behaviour

Since animal sound communication and behaviour encompasses so many different fields of study, most researchers in the field opt for specialising in a particular ecosystem, technique, organism or species. Accordingly, biologists specialised in animal sound communication and behaviour have many different career paths to choose from.

Course of study

Below, you will find brief descriptions of the courses that we recommend you to take if you wish to specialise in animal sound communication and behaviour.

Autumn courses

BB809 Behavioural biology (5 ECTS)
The aim of this course is to give students an introduction to and a broad overview on behavioural biology. Students will gain insights into major breakthroughs in behavioural biology, training in relation to currently debated topics, and an orientation about interesting questions for future projects.

BB810 Research project I (5 ECTS)
The objective of this course is to make your own research project. You will have to define your own scientific question and hypothesis, and then solve the problem. You can choose your own topic and use the facilities at the Department of Biology, extending from laboratory experiments, field work, mathematical modelling or literature studies. You will get trained in literature search and use of literature to support your study and results.

BB835 Behavioural biology II (10 ECTS)
This course, which is taught in the second half of the autum semester, is an immediate continuation of BB809, which is taught in the first half of the semester. Upon completion of the course, student should be able to understand and explain general and specific sensory physiology; understand psychophysical methods and use these methods experimentally; understand and explain perception and reception through different sensory modalities; plan, carry out and present the training of an animal.

Spring courses

BB801 Natural resource economics and management (5 ECTS)
The objective of this course is to give students a broad introduction to the political, social and especially economic principles guiding the management of natural resources and environmental goods and services.

BB811 Research project II (5 ECTS)
The course gives students a basic understanding of how to formulate and conduct a research project. This includes defining a research problem, search scientific databases for other works supporting the project, evaluating the pertinent scientific literature, conducting any necessary laboratory experiments, field observations, theoretical modeling or literature review, analyzing data and writing a report in the structure of a scientific paper.

BB823 Sound and hearing (5 ECTS)
This course gives students a basic knowledge of acoustics. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to describe the anatomy and physiology in the hearing organs of different animal Groups, describe sound communication in different animal Groups, and explain the methods for measuring hearing and sound production.

BB824 An introduction to the biology of marine mammals (5 ECTS)
The aim of the course is to introduce students to selected topics within the biology of marine mammals, with main focus on the anatomy of animals, physiology, the biology of the senses, and ecology. Students will become able to generally explain marine mammal evolution, physiology including thermoregulation and sensory physiology, orientation biology, distribution, reproductive biology, population biology and molecular genetics for this purpose, and by-catch problems. 

BB837 Biodiversity: Protection and management (5 ECTS)
In this course, students will be exposed to the theory and practical concepts of Conservation Biology from the global to the local scales,  different methodologies, and the understanding of how derived results be used to support the development of management strategies to conserve biodiversity. Students will learn the basic theory behind the main conservation issues and will be exposed to case studies of conservation challenges in both low-income and high-income countries, as well as global challenges.

BF804 Project management in science (5 ECTS)
The aim of the course is to enable students to analyze projects and project processes and, as a result, contribute to the accomplishment of the project. The aim is that students build up a substantial methodological competence so that they understand how they are able to promote a good accomplishment by applying appropriate methods and tools and applying appropriate behaviour.

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