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Animal Behavior - Dolphin

BIO 114A

Animal Behavior - Dolphin

BIO 114A

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: READING LEVEL 2, WRITING LEVEL 2 AND MATH LEVEL 2.

Provides an introduction to the student of dolphin behavior dolphin. Includes study of basic animal physiology, colony and pair dynamics, behavior modification and training, maternity behavior, basic conservation issues, habitat ecology, and natural history. Includes field activities involving observational and hands-on activities during a field trip at student's expense. (15-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Participate in the process of science.

Objectives:

  • Make observations.
  • Design experiments.
  • Conduct experiments.
  • Formulate and test hypotheses.
  • Collect data.
  • Analyze data.
  • Draw conclusions.
  • Report results.
  • Explain the evaluation and revision process of science.

Work collaboratively with classmates.

Objectives:

  • Participate in laboratory experiments and field activities.
  • Share the workload of small group activities.
  • Share the responsibility of acquiring, cleaning and putting away laboratory and field equipment.
  • Share ideas and respectfully receive the ideas of classmates and research staff.

Appreciate the competent use of various instruments measuring physiological processes involved in behavioral activities.

Objectives:

  • Use appropriate instruments to observe animal behavior.
  • Interpret ethograms.

Competently communicate about ethology topics.

Objectives:

  • Read critically.
  • Write effectively.
  • Listen actively.
  • Speak effectively.
  • Develop and interpret graphs, sonographs and ethograms.
  • Compile a journal of observations and experiences related to field activities.

Demonstrate the ability to think critically.

Objectives:

  • Integrate concepts.
  • Solve problems.
  • Draw logical conclusions.
  • Make predictions based on evidence.
  • Identify trends and patterns.
  • Distinguish between simple correlation and cause-and-effect.

Demonstrate appropriate preparation to participate in outdoor field activities.

Objectives:

  • Participate in field activities and use appropriate equipment to conduct the field activities.
  • Select appropriate clothing and equipment for the field work in the course.
  • Demonstrate safe and appropriate behavior while conducting field activities.
  • Use resource books and handouts to understand ethology.
  • Report results of some aspect of behavior dynamics which were observed.

Demonstrate general behavioral characteristics of the species of study and compare and contrast the specific animal behavior with that of other mammals.

Objectives:

  • Describe basic physiology.
  • Describe colony dynamics and pair dynamics when appropriate.
  • Describe behavior modification and training techniques.
  • Describe maternity behavior.
  • Describe basic conservation issues.
  • Describe mammal stranding theory and cooperative strategies.
  • Describe basic habitat ecology.