BI3040 - Behavioural Ecology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 100/100 D

Course content

The course covers central features in behavioural ecology. Particular emphasis will be put on animal behaviour in an evolutionary perspective, but behavioural mechanisms are also important. In this context subjects discussed include interaction between individual interests, social behaviour and life history, and also the role of behavioural ecology in conservation biology. The course requires active participation from the students.

Learning outcome


  • The candidate should obtain knowledge about:
  • How state-dependent decision-making affects optimal behaviour in animals
  • The current research frontiers in the evolution of cooperation and conflict
  • Central issues and controversies in current research on kin selection
  • The importance of personalities and plasticity in the evolution of behaviour


The candidate should be able to:

  • Analyse and present the primary scientific literature
  • Critically evaluate scientific claims
  • Discuss issues at the forefront of behavioural ecology research
  • Understand the central processes of the evolution of cooperation
  • Have knowledge of unsolved or controversial issues with kin selection

General competence

The candidate should be able to:

  • Discuss scientific issues at an advanced level
  • Use knowledge about behavioural ecology in relation to broader biological and evolutionary questions and issues
  • Use knowledge about behavioural ecology in relation to issues of an applied nature, for instance in relation to management

Learning methods and activities

Lectures: 12 hours

Seminar: 22 hours Intensivly taught

Compulsory assignments

  • Compulsory attendance in seminars

Further on evaluation

In case of fail or retake/improvement a final examination is held during the exam period each semester.

Exam Language: English

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

BI2044 Ethologi (or a similar basic bachelors course in animal behaviour or behavioural ecology from another university).

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
ZO3031 7.5 AUTUMN 2011
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Ethology
  • Biology
  • Zoology
  • Ecology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Biology


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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