Ethological methods - MB170P60A
Title: Etologické metody I
Czech title: Etologické metody I
Guaranteed by: Department of Zoology (31-170)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Actual: from 2016 to 2023
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 2
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:0/3, C [DS]
Capacity: 36
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech
Note: enabled for web enrollment
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.
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Annotation -
Practical course consisting of several tasks focused on various experimental designs, observational methods, animal subjects, and equipment. Descriptive versus experimental research; choice of subject; reconaissance observations; empirical versus functional descriptions of behaviour; behavioural repertoire, ethogram; classification of behavioural units; research hypotheses; experimental design; manipulation experiments; sampling methods; data-collection equipment; ethological software; statistical analysis of behavioural data, practical tasks including some classical experiments.
Please note, the lectures are given in Czech language. English version of the course can be requested in advance if there are at least 2 students.

Last update: Exnerová Alice, doc. Mgr., Ph.D. (05.10.2020)
Literature -

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

Dawkins M.S 2007: Observing Animal Behaviour. Design and Analysis of Quantitative Data. Oxford University Press. Oxford. 

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.

Last update: Exnerová Alice, doc. Mgr., Ph.D. (23.10.2019)
Requirements to the exam - Czech

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

Last update: Exnerová Alice, doc. Mgr., Ph.D. (05.10.2020)
Syllabus -

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 inovationa and social learning 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) Aggregation behaviour in cockroaches

(16) Lag-sequential analysis.

Last update: Exnerová Alice, doc. Mgr., Ph.D. (05.10.2020)