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Course module: B-MMBE07
Measuring Behaviour
Course info
Course codeB-MMBE07
ECTS Credits1.5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Science; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences;
Contact personprof. dr. E.H.M. Sterck
Telephone+31 30 2535405
Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. E.H.M. Sterck
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dr. J. de Vries
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Teaching period
JAAR  (03/09/2018 to 29/08/2019)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
Enrolment periodfrom 28/05/2018 up to and including 24/02/2019
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
Course placement processdocent
After completing the module the student should have a profound understanding of:
  • Types of problems in animal behaviour research
  • Measures of behavior
  • Recording methods
  • Reliability and validity of measures
  • Empirical cycle
  • Research design
  • Statistical analysis of data
The purpose of this course (1 week) is to acquire working knowledge of the methods for measuring and analysing animal behaviour.
The course is based on the book "Measuring Behaviour. An introductory guide".

Course set-up and study aims
Day 1: Introduction; practising observational methods; self-study
Day 2: Empirical cycle; research design; self-study
Day 3: Self-study and assignment
Day 4: Practising the statistical analysis of behavioural data; self-study
Day 5: Self-study; written exam (on Monday)
On day 3 students have to answer a set of questions pertaining to methodological issues in one or two papers, preferably related to their Masters study topic.
The course is not a course in statistics. Basic knowledge on statistical tests is presumed. On day 4 the application of some tests frequently used in behavioural biology will be reviewed. The emphasis here is on when to use which test and how to perform the test in SPSS.

Send an e-mail to the course coordinator (Dr. J. de Vries, The mail should contain 1) your name; 2) student number; 3) e-mail address; 4) telephone number; 5) current Master track. Please note: the number of participants is limited to 25. Only the first registrations can be accepted.

Mandatory for students in Master’s programme: YES

Optional for students in other Master’s programmes GS-LS: Neuroscience and Cognition, especially the tracks Cognitive Neuroscience and Behavioural Neuroscience; Environmental Biology, especially the specialization programme Behavioural Ecology; and any other master programme with relevant basal courses.
Entry requirements
You must have a valid study entrance permit
Prerequisite knowledge
Basic knowledge on statistical tests is presumed, such as covered by the bachelor course "Advanced Statistics and R" (B-B2VSR).
Required materials
Measuring Behaviour. An Introductory Guide (3rd revised edition, 2007) Paul Martin and Patrick Bateson, Cambridge University Press, 187 pages. ISBN-10: 0521535638, ISBN-13: 9780521535632
Recommended materials
Instructional formats
Computer practical




Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade-

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