Course code Biol1021

Credit points 2.25

Animal Biology, Ecology and Ethology III

Additional course materials Biol1021_St.k. pr.izvērsts saturs EKOLOĢIJA.pdf

Total Hours in Course60

Number of hours for laboratory classes30

Independent study hours30

Date of course confirmation03.12.2014

Responsible UnitPreclinical Institute

Course developers

author Preklīniskais institūts

Inese Cera

Dr. biol.

author Preklīniskais institūts

Astra Ārne


Prior knowledge

Biol1019, Animal Biology, Ecology and Ethology I

Biol1020, Animal Biology, Ecology and Ethology II

Vete2013, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals I

Vete2014, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals II

Vete2015, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals III

Vete6022, Physiology I

Vete6023, Physiology II

Replaced course

BiolB002 [GBIOB002] Animal Biology, Ecology and Ethology III

Course abstract

Animal physiology is the fundamental biological science that studies the life processes in the body, certain organs, tissues and cells, as well as the function of regulatory principles and mechanisms. Students will gain knowledge of the processes which take place in the body and how these processes affect animal behavior.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Students create a picture of animal behavior biological basis, the causes and mechanisms. The acquire knowledge about domestic species-specific behavioral characteristics and behavioral adjustment methods. Knowledge of animal behavior and the formation of the basic principles of different types of domestic species;
• skill to evaluate and distinguish between normal, species-specific animal behavior from abnormal or harmful;
• competence questions about different species of animal behaviors. Advise pet owners on their animals for a suitable housing conditions.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Introduction. History of ethology. Nobel’s prize in ethology. The methods of animal investigation. 2h
2. Sensory. Sensory system role in animal behavior. 2h
3. Thermoregulation. 2h
4. Behaviour Development. 2h
5. Animal behavior forms. Imprinting. Instincts. 2h
6. Communication of animals. Community organization. Heredity and environment. 2h,
7. Feeding habits of the different animal species. Body hygiene. 2h
8. Sleep and biological rhytms. 2h, 1st test – about themes of classes’ 1.-7.
9. Behavioral formation of a critical period of division. 2h
10. The importance of play in animal life. 2h
11. Reproductive behavior. Maternal behavior and care of offspring’s. Newborn animal behavior. 2h,
12. Animal aging and age-related changes in animal behavior. 2h
13. Body language. Temperatment, their evaluation. 2h
14. Traditional and alternative forms of learning.2h
15. Unwanted (undesirable) behavior or harmful behavior. 2h,
2nd test – about themes of classes’ 8.-15.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Successful one Clinical and Epidemiological Case Study (KEGA).
In order to get the final mark of the course, two tests and KEGA work, as well as 85% of the classes, have been successfully completed.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

The study object (KEGA) should be selected for further information based on an evaluation of the animal behavioral profile. Conduct a study with your own / clinic animal to observe the manifestation and change of its behavior under the influence of an external factor. The volume of work is 15 pages. After submitting the written form of the thesis, you must present it 10 using a presentation created by PowerPoint or Prezi. During the presentation, relevant information is displayed on the topic of their choice, answering questions. The paper must be submitted and defended within the time limit set by the course director.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Students' knowledge and skills are assessed in accordance with the procedures specified in the tasks of the practical works.
In order to get the final grade of the course (starting with 5), you must have successfully completed the two tests and develop a KEGA that collects a mark. The study course is evaluated in accordance with the criteria for the 10 point system scale indicated in the LLU Study Regulations.

Compulsory reading

1. Hosey G., etal. Zooanimal behaviour, management and welfare. 2009. 614 p.
2. Wyatt T.D. Pheremones and animal behaviour: Communication by smell and taste. 2003. 815 p.
3. Zorenko T. 2001. Dzīvnieku uzvedība: etoloģijas, zoopsiholoģijas un salīdzinošās psiholoģijas pamati. Rīga.286. lpp.

Further reading

1. Hosey G., et al. Zoo animals behaviour, management and welfare. Oxford: University Press, 2009. 661 p.
2. Wyatt T.D. Pheroemones and animal behaviour: Communication by smell and taste. Cambridge : University Press: 2003. 391 p.
3. Lapiņa H. Suns, kuru mīlam. Rīga: Avots, 1992. 174 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

Animal behavior:
Applied Animal Behavior Science: