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Syllabus_Final_Spring2010 - BIOL 3411 Spring 2010 Syllabus...

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BIOL 3411 Spring 2010 Syllabus 1 BIOL 3411 – Introduction to Animal Behavior Staff Contact Information Instructor: Dave Stephens 316 Ecology (Office) 612-625-5722 [email protected] Office Hours: 10:30-11:30am Wednesday in 316 Ecology, or by appointment Course Administrator: Lab Coordinator: Jeff Stott Eileen Furlong Office: 311 Ecology 216 Biosci [email protected] 612-624-8736 Office hours: Monday 10:30-11:30am [email protected] Lab Instructors: Section/Meeting Name E-mail Office Section 002 - 12:50p-3:50p W Jordan Wein [email protected] 309 Ecology Section 003 - 8:30a-11:30a Th Jordan Wein [email protected] 309 Ecology Section 004 - 12:50p-3:50p Th Jeff Stott [email protected] 311 Ecology Section 005 - 4:30p-7:30p Th Tim Polnaszek [email protected] 313 Ecology Section 006 - 9:35a-12:35p F Tim Polnaszek [email protected] 313 Ecology Lab emergency & attendance line: 612-624-8736 Basic Information Lecture: 495 Hodson, M & W 9:35a-10:25a Laboratory: 176 Biosci, Sec. 002 W 12:50p-3:50p; Sec. 003 Th 8:30a-11:30a; Sec. 004 Th 12:50p-3:50p, Sec. 007 Th 4:30p-7:30p, Sec. 006 F 9:35a-12:35p Final Exam: Wednesday, 12 May 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, 495 Hodson Required Texts: Dugatkin, L. A. 2009 Principles of animal behavior, 2 nd edition . New York: W. W. Norton & Co. Stephens, D. W. and Bee, M. A. (2007) Exercises in Animal Behavior. 3 rd edition . St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Duplicating Service. Course Web site: The course web vista site has copies of handouts, lecture notes, current grade records, and otheruseful resources. You can access the course WebVista site by logging on to your MyU portal at myu.umn.edu . The page should show up under your “To Do List,” which will include links to all the WebVista sites to which you have access.
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BIOL 3411 Spring 2010 Syllabus 2 Course Schedule: W 20-Jan The Science of Animal Behavior Ch 1: Observing Animal Behavior Ch 1 M W 27-Jan Genetic mechanisms of behavior Ch 2: Gene-Environment Interaction M 1-Feb Hormone Action W 3-Feb Neural Mechanisms of Behavior-1 Ch 3: Hormonal control of goldfish spawning M 8-Feb Neural Mechanisms of Behavior-2 None W 10-Feb Exam 1 Ch 4: Recording neural activity M 15-Feb Exam 1 Returned/Neural Organzing mechanisms W Ch 5: Sensation and perception in electric fish M W M Ch 2: pp. 50-70 W 3-Mar Optimization models: foraging Ch 7: Trade-offs in squirrel foraging Ch 10: pp. 336-349 M 8-Mar Introduction to game theory W 10-Mar Exam 2 Ch 9: Principles of Sexual Selection, Part 1 M 15-Mar W 17-Mar M W 24-Mar Anisogamy: forces that shape sex roles M 29-Mar Sexual Selection 1: Intrasexual selection W 31-Mar Sexual Selection 2: Intersexual selection Ch 9: Principles of Sexual Selection, Part 2
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