Animal Behaviour

开始时间: 待定 持续时间: Unknown

所在平台: Coursera

课程类别: 生物与生命科学

大学或机构: University of Melbourne(墨尔本大学)

授课老师: Raoul Mulder Mark Elgar

   

课程主页: https://www.coursera.org/course/animalbehav

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课程详情

Many of us derive inspiration from watching natural history documentaries and their astounding catalogue of wild animal behaviours.  In this course, we will explore how scientists study animal behaviour, and in particular how behaviour is shaped by the evolutionary forces of natural and sexual selection. Topics include resource acquisition; avoiding enemies; mate choice and sexual conflict; cues, signals and communication; parental care and social behaviour; and the role of genes, hormones and learning in regulating behavioural diversity.  We draw on examples from across the animal kingdom to illustrate the complex mechanisms underlying adaptations, and complement these with natural history videos that highlight key concepts. We evaluate the scientific rigour of studies used to test theory, and highlight the often ingenious methods adopted by researchers to understand animal behaviour.

课程大纲

We will cover the following topics:
  • Behaviour, Ecology and Natural Selection
  • Genes, Hormones and Learning
  • Economics and Individual Decisions
  • Enemies and Evolutionary Arms Races
  • Being Territorial or Joining a Group
  • Communication
  • Courtship and Copulation
  • Family conflict
  • Social colonies

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梧桐清声 2013-10-21 10:50 0 票支持; 0 票反对

很不错的课程,主要涉及动物行为学的研究方法和科学结论,以及与进化的关系。对对大自然、进化、和动物感兴趣的同学来说,听完课非常开阔眼界。听课这门课不需要太多生物学背景,但是作业中有一个理解一篇科技论文并且总结成类似科普文的形式,且占40%的分数,对以前没有阅读过科技论文的同学是个不小的挑战。

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xtliwen 2013-05-30 23:05 0 票支持; 0 票反对

这门课帮助我们从进化论的角度了解野生动物的生活行为。主要从资源获取、躲避敌人、择偶和异性选择、信号和交流、基因、社会行为、激素调节等诸多因素描述了动物的习惯。

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课程简介

This course will help you understand the remarkable behaviors of wild animals from an evolutionary perspective.  [Image: Peacock spider. Photo by Jürgen Otto, Manakin bird footage (Ex-Riddle of the Sexes) reproduced with permission, courtesy of BBC Worldwide Ltd]

课程标签

动物行为 动物 社会行为 野生动物 行为 进化论 墨尔本大学

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