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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2004


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46090 MW
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
2:00 PM-4:00 PM
ESB 137
ARC 2.172

Course Description

INSTRUCTOR: Becca Lewis Department of Anthropology Office: 1.134 EPS Phone: 471-8522 e-mail: Office hours: Wednesdays 1 - 3 pm LAB INSTRUCTOR: Laura Alport e-mail: TEXTBOOKS: Required (2): Measuring Behavior by Martin & Bateson (2nd edition) coursepack COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course focuses on the study of primate behavior and the methods by which animal behavior is observed and documented. You will learn how to formulate hypotheses and predictions, devise research projects designed to test these predictions, collect data, and write comprehensive scientific research reports describing your results. Not only will you be introduced to various observational techniques, but you will also get hands-on experience in using these methods at the ARC. However, research cannot be conducted effectively without some kind of theoretical framework to help frame the research with meaningful questions. Thus, this class will also explore the basic theoretical principles that guide primatologists. As we examine some of the models used to explain primate behavior, we will explore the behavior of the four radiations of primates in detail. COURSE REQUIREMENTS: You will need a digital watch (preferably one with a “countdown repeat” function) each day of data collection in lab. You may also find that a clipboard will be useful on lab days. ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING: During the course of the semester, you will be conducting a series of exercises and research projects. Keep in mind that this course requires a substantial amount of time outside of class conducting library research, analyzing data, and writing research reports. You will also be working with a partner(s) on some projects. All due dates are firm and are on the schedule. Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date. All late papers will be lowered by a _ letter grade for each day that they are late. This course has a lab component. Attendance for your lab is mandatory. You cannot attend another lab section without prior permission of the TA. After two absences for lab, overall course grades will be lowered a _ letter grade for each additional missed day (two lates are equivalent to an absence). You will be marked “late” if you are 10 minutes (or more) tardy for lab or any lab appointment with the TA. Assignments %Grade Due Date Preliminary Library Research Paper (4-6 pages) 10% Sept. 15 Ethogram/Animal ID Exercise 10% Sept. 20 Scan Sampling Research Report 25% Oct. 25 Focal Sampling Research Report 25% Final Exam Date In-Class Exam 30% Dec. 1 Exam may include multiple-choice, matching, fill-in-the-blank, and short answer question. CREDIT/NO-CREDIT: For those of you enrolled on a Pass/Fail basis, a requirement for receiving a passing grade in this course is to show up and take the exam and conduct all the work required for lab. You may choose not to study and fail the exam, but you must physically turn in the exam and turn in some form of the Preliminary Library Research Paper or the Ethogram Exercise to receive credit. You must be an active member of your lab team for the 2 Research Reports in order to receive credit. The following guidelines are used to assign final grades: A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 59 or less Re-grading policy: Grade disputes must be turned in to the instructor in writing within 1 week of when the exam is returned. The student must include a 1 page explanation per question of why (s)he thinks that his/her answer is correct. Simple errors in addition can be corrected immediately. Students wishing to appeal a grade for one of the writing assignments, have 1 week to appeal their grade with the professor by turning in a 1 page explanation of why (s)he thinks that his/her paper should be regarded. ETC. Be sure to regularly check Blackboard for class materials and information. Power Poin


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