Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The aim of this course is to provide students an understanding of animal behavior (Ethology); behavioral characteristics of farm and some pet animals; factors affecting those behavior characteristics; the importance of observing animal behavior not only to improve productivity but also as a tool in the assessment of animal welfare.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Sezen Özkan Prof. Dr. Turgay Taşkın
Learning Outcomes
11) Recognizes the importance of animal behavior and understands functions
22) Understands the importance of animal behavior and welfare during animal production
33) Understands the importance of designing physical and social environment of animals as regard to their behavioral requirements
44) Be able to interpret relationships among behavior, stress, and welfare; determining abnormal behaviors as negative welfare indicators in related with stress
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Recommended Optional Programme Components
Course Contents
Introduction to animal behavior (Ethology); domestication and behavior; the importance of animal behavior in management practices of animal production; physiological analyses of behavior; basic adaptive behavior of systems in farm animal (cattle, sheep, goat, poultry etc.) and behavioral patterns; animal behaviors at critical stages such as catching land transport
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
1Introduction Animal behavior (Ethology) and basic descriptions, effects on animal production.
2Basis of behaviors and effects on behavior 1: Natural selection, evolution and artificial selection
3Basis of behaviors and effects on behavior 2: Perception of environment and senses, hormones, biological rhythms, and learning
4Relations between Animal Behavior and Animal Welfare; behavior as a tool for to build a suitable physical and social environments, preference tests
5Basic adaptive behaviors: Nutrition, Reproduction, Nesting, maternal behavior, Resting-sleeping, thermoregulation, hygiene and care, eliminative, and anti-predator behavior, etc
6Social behaviors and social organizations in animal; Dominance, fight behaviors, positive social relationships and importance for animal welfare
7Stress and Adaptive Mechanism of animals, thermal stress and behavioral responses to thermal stress
8Identification of Normal and Abnormal Behaviors and association with welfare of animals
9Mid Term Exam
10Behavior characteristics for cattle
11 Behavior characteristics for small ruminants
12Behavior characteristics for poultry
13 Behavior characteristics of different animal species (Horse, cat, dog,etc.)
14Presentation of home works
15Animal behaviors during handling, transport and slaughtering
16Final exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Course note including presentations given during the class. References: Demirören, E. 2007. Hayvan Davranışları. E.Ü. Z. F. Yayın No: 547 Öber, A. 2007. Hayvan Davranışları, Temel Ögeler. Nobel Yayın Dağıtım, Ankara. Çakıroğlu, D. ve Meral, Y. 2006. ETHOLOJİ (Hayvan Davranışları). Medipres Yayıncılık, Malatya. Zutphen ve ark., 2003. laboratuar hayvanları biliminin temel ilkeleri. Çev. Ed. T. İde, Medipres, Malatya Grandin, T. 2007. (Ed.) Livestock handling and transport. 3rd Edition, CABI, Cambridge, USA Keeling, L. 2001. (Ed.)Social Behavior in farm animals. CABI Publishing, New York. Mason, G., Rushen, J. 2005. Stereotypic animal behaviour: Fundementals and welfare. CABI Publishing.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Midterm Examination1100
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Examination1100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
Language of Instruction
Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination133
Final Examination133
Attending Lectures14342
Report Preparation11010
Report Presentation11010
Self Study15230
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11010
Individual Study for Final Examination11212
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
LO1 2   2
LO2   2  
LO3 3   3
LO4   2  
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
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