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Ethological methods - MB170P60A
Title in English: Etologické metody I
Czech title: Etologické metody I
Guaranteed by: Department of Zoology (31-170)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Actual: from 2016
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 2
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:0/3 C [days/semester]
Capacity: 36
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech
Guarantor: doc. Mgr. Alice Exnerová, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): doc. Mgr. Alice Exnerová, Ph.D.
RNDr. Petra Frýdlová, Ph.D.
prof. RNDr. Daniel Frynta, Ph.D.
RNDr. Eva Landová, Ph.D.
PhDr. RNDr. Tereza Nekovářová, Ph.D.
Annotation -
Last update: EXNEROVA (18.04.2007)
Please note, the lectures are given in Czech language. English version of the course can be requested in advance if there are at least 3 students.
Descriptive versus experimental research; choice of subject; reconaissance
observations; empirical versus functional descriptions of behaviour; catalog,
repertoire, ethogram; classification of behavioural units; research hypotheses; experimental design; manipulation; sampling methods; data-collection equipment; ethological software; statistical analysis of behavioural data, practical exercises in the field and in the laboratory including some classical experiments.

Literature -
Last update: EXNEROVA (18.04.2007)

Lehner P. N. 1996: Handbook of ethological methods. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge.

Haccou P. & Meelis E. 1992: Statistical Analysis of Behavioural Data. Oxford

University Press. Oxford.

Martin P. & Bateson P. 2005: Measuring begaviour. An Introductory guide. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge.

Ploger B. J. & Yasukawa K. 2003: Exploring animal behavioor in laboratory and field. Academic Press. San Diego.

Requirements to the exam - Czech
Last update: doc. Mgr. Alice Exnerová, Ph.D. (26.10.2011)

Praktikum je zakončeno zápočtem udělovaným na základě aktivní účasti a závěrečného vyhodnocení úloh.

Syllabus -
Last update: EXNEROVA (18.04.2007)

Practical course consisting of several tasks focused on various methods of experimental designs, observational methods, animal subjects, and equipment.

(1) Bioacustical analyses using BatSound and Avisoft;

(2) Analysis of hierarchy in winter flock of tits;

(3) Mate choice experiment in zebra finches;

(4) Exploration in mice and birds;

(5) Agonistic behaviour and mate choice in Betta splendens;

(6) Space orientation in rats using elevated plus-maze;

(7) Agonistic behaviour within group of cichlid fishes;

(8) Agonistic behaviour of house-mice males in dyadic encounters;

(9) Recognition and agonistic interaction in termites;

(10) Food neophobia in great tits;

(11) Sexual, agonistic and antipredatory behaviour in geckos;

(12) Mate choice in Poecilia reticulata;

(13) Reaction of great tits to aposematic prey;

(14) Antipredatory (mobbing) behaviour of birds using dummies of predators;

(15) Lag-sequential analysis.

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