ANP 325 Syllabus

ANP 325 Syllabus - ANP 325: Primate Behavior TuTh 12:50...

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ANP 325: Primate Behavior Spring 2011 TuTh 12:50 – 2:10 PM Social & Behavioral Sciences Bldg. N-501 Clara Scarry Social & Behavioral Sciences S-512 (Colobine Laboratory) Office hours: Tuesday 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Thursday 2:30 – 4:00 PM or by appointment Required Textbook Strier KB (2011) Primate Behavioral Ecology, 4 th Ed. Prentice Hall. Available at the University Bookstore ($76) or ($63.33). Additional readings drawn from journals and other books will be available through electronic reserve and linked to via Blackboard. Course Description The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to primate social systems and the factors that influence their maintenance and evolution, including foraging strategy, demographic processes, mating and rearing strategies, conflicts and coalitions, and communication. Discussion of the theory guiding primate behavioral research will be supplemented with readings emphasizing current research in the field, to provide students with both an understanding of how behavioral research is conducted and the diversity of primate behavior. Course Requirements Percentage of final grade E x a m s 5 0 % Individual assignments 25% Group assignments 20% Class participation based on readings and research 5% Exams There will be two, equally-weighted exams given (each 25% of the final grade). Exam will be composed of short-answer questions and essays. Potential essay topics will be announced one week in advance of the exam, so that you can prepare, and one will be randomly selected the day of the exam. The final exam will be cumulative. Midterm Exam Thursday, March 17 Final Exam Thursday, May 19 Make-up Exams Make-up exams can be given only under exceptional circumstances. In case of a personal emergency a student must inform the instructor within 3 days of the exam/ quiz and provide documentary evidence for the emergency. For example, written proof of illness on letterhead
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from student health services, from a medical practitioner or from a hospital/clinic will be accepted as a valid excuse for missing an exam. The health authority on the letter will be contacted to verify your information. Individual assignments In addition to readings from the textbook, students will be required to do independent research about a specific primate’s behavior or complete guided reading responses for the assigned papers. Assignments are due by MIDNIGHT on the day PRIOR TO THE CLASS DISCUSSION via the DirectSubmit option on Blackboard. Late assignments will be accepted, although the grade will be docked, until the beginning of class. After which point, no late assignments will be accepted as they provide the basis for class discussion. Group assignments
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ANP 325 Syllabus - ANP 325: Primate Behavior TuTh 12:50...

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