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Code: MA117     Acronym: ETOL

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Behavior Sciences

Instance: 2018/2019 - 2T (of 19-11-2018 to 18-01-2019) Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Behavioural Sciences
Course/CS Responsible: First Cycle Degree (BSc) in Aquatic Sciences

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
LCMA 35 Oficial Plan 2018 1 - 5 49 135

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Liliana Maria de Carvalho e Sousa

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 4,50
Theoretical and practical : 2,50
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 4,50
Liliana Maria de Carvalho e Sousa 4,50
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 2,50
Ana Isabel Ferreira Magalhães Gamito Carrilho 2,50

Teaching language



It is intended to promote the learning of fundamental concepts for the comprehension of animal behavior in order to:
(1) analyze, in a historical perspective, the beginning of the systematic study of animal behavior and of the major behavioral systems common to several species, and
(2) apply the acquired knowledge to practical situations.
Students will develop works with the objective of consolidating the knowledge acquired in the theoretical aspects of the discipline and of promoting reflection skills.

Learning outcomes and competences

1. To know Ethology fundamentals
2. To develop a critical and creative spirit
3. To develop skills for organizing and presenting team work
5. To solve problems: to organize and plan work based on acquired knowledge

Working method



(1) The historical evolution of ethology and principal concepts, the phylogenetic evolution of behavior
(2) Study of behavioral systems (agonistic, sexual, binding); territorial and hierarchical behaviors
(3) The cognitive ethology. Communication and culture
(4) The ontogenesis of behavior
(5) Ethology, application areas and aquatic animals

Mandatory literature

Slater Peter J. B. ed.; Advances in the study of behavior. ISBN: 0-12-004524-9

Comments from the literature

PDF of scientific articles will be available to students 

Teaching methods and learning activities

A methodology combining theoretical lectures, group work and debates based on examples of animal behavior observation.


Natural sciences > Biological sciences > Zoology > Animal ethology

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 70,00
Exame 30,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 42,00
Estudo autónomo 30,00
Frequência das aulas 63,00
Total: 135,00

Eligibility for exams

Field work

Oral presentation of group work


Calculation formula of final grade

Team work – 70%;

Final examination – 30%.

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