Current Topics in Animal Behaviour

  • The course examines research topics of current importance in animal behaviour and behavioural biology, and ethical issues on the use of animals in behavioural studies. With recent advances in molecular biology and miniaturisation of technology, there have been significant developments in the field. The course covers topics like techniques for studying animal behaviour in laboratory and field; behavioural and phenotypic plasticity; population and sex differences in behaviour; optimality, aggression, dispersal and territoriality; and applications of behavioural studies.

  • At the end if the course, the participants will be able to:

    1. To provide advanced training in both theoretic and applied aspects in this diverse field of animal behavior.
    2. To provide participants with an integrated approach to understanding animal behaviour by drawing on related knowledge from animal physiology and molecular biology.
    3. To provide training to participants to apply the knowledge gained in existing and novel situations.
  • Date


    Duration (hrs)

    Aug 17 (Mon)

    Animal behaviour: Scientific approaches to the study of animal behaviour


    Aug 24 (Mon)

    Emerging technologies for animal behaviour studies 


    Aug 31 (Mon)



    Sep 05 (Sat)

    Ethogram practical


    Sep 07 (Mon)

    Ultraviolet vision in jumping spiders 


    Sep 14 (Mon)

    Sexual cannibalism and eunuch behaviour in spiders 


    Sep 19 (Sat)

    Agonistic behaviour lecture & practical


    Sep 21 (Mon)

    Foraging behaviour in crabs and bees 


    Oct 10 (Sat)

    Sexual selection lecture & practical


    Oct 10 (Sat)

    Social dominance lecture & practical


    Oct 26 (Mon)

    Habitat selection & Applied animal behaviour


  • Ethogram lab report 10%
    Sexual selection lab report 10%
    Agonistic behaviour lab report 10%
    Social dominance lab report 10%
    Final examination 60%
  • Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline in Biology or Zoology

  • JC teachers

  • Date 17, 24, 31 August & 7, 14, 21, 28 September & 5, 12, 19, 26 October & 2, 9 November 2015 (Monday)
    Time 6.30pm - 9.30pm (39 Hours)
    Venue National Institute of Education

    Note: NIE reserves the right to change or cancel the course due to unforeseen circumstances.

    • MOE Participants - $626.95 (incl. 7% GST & $1 Copyright Fee).
    • Non MOE Participants - $2,713.45 (incl. 7% GST & $1 Copyright Fee)
  • 17 July 2015

  • Please read the instructions below carefully before completing the application form.   

    Upon confirmation, payment is required for all courses. Payment should only be made after the course placement letter has been sent to participants to confirm the application. Cancellations/withdrawals are not allowed. However, a replacement may be sent to attend the same course. 

    Payment through GIRO/IFAAS

    NIE will proceed to invoice the respective schools, and they can  make payment through GIRO or IFAAS. The amount payable should be credited into the NIE bank account number 518-041272-001.

    Payment by Cheque

    Please submit the cheque together with the application form. Cheque should be made payable to “National Institute of Education” and participant(s)’ name and course(s) clearly indicated on the reverse of the cheque.

    Please mail to: 
    National Institute of Education
    Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning
    1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616
    Attn: Ms May Lim


    NIE will acknowledge receipt of the application form through email within one week. The course placement letter will be emailed to applicants who have been successfully placed in a course and upon course confirmation.


    Please note that NIE reserves the right to replace an instructor for a course if the lecturer is unable to teach the course due to unforeseen circumstances. No refund of the course fee will be made to participants.

  • Ms May Lim
    Tel: 6790 3997
    (for enquiries on course administration)

  • E-Register 

    *All information will be kept confidential and used for internal administration only.