Department of Psychology University of

Psychology 403/505: Aggressive Behaviour
Course Syllabus

Peter L. Hurd, Ph.D
Fall, 2004
Days: Mon, Weds, Fri
Times: 13:00-13:50
Location: BS-P 226
This course is a primary literature based reading and seminar course on aggressive behaviour with a heavy emphasis on student presentation and class discussion.
The majority of the course will focus on non-human animals.
Topics to be covered include: behavioural ecology of aggression, developmental efects and behavioural endocrinology, behavioural genetics of aggression.
403 Prerequisites: STAT 151 (or reasonable facsimile) and a 300-level Psychology course
505 Prerequisites: None.
Course Pack (Available in Bookstore)
See detailed schedule on schedule page
25% Participation in class discussions
25% In class quizzes
25% Term paper
15% Seminar (10 minute presentation of a paper or topic)
10% Poster (presentation of a poster)
25% Participation in class discussions
20% In class quizzes
25% Term paper
30% Seminar (Two 15--20 minute presentations of a paper or topic)
Final grade distribution for the 403 grades is expected to approximate the following 4th year grade distribution
Letter Grade: A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D F-
Grade Points: 4.0 4.0 3.7 3.3 3.0 2.7 2.3 2.0 1.7 1.3 1.0 0
% of Class 8% 12% 17% 16% 16% 12% 7% 5% 3% 2% 1% 1%
Grade interpretation: A=Excellent, B=Good, C=Satisfactory, D+=Poor, D=Minimal Pass, F=Failure
Academic Offences:
Plagiarism and cheating are serious offences and are grounds for failure, suspension, or expulsion.  
Cheating: No student shall, in the course of an exam, obtain information from another student or unauthorized source or have someone else represent them. It is an equal offence to deliver information to another student, in any form, in the course of an exam. The U of A considers plagiarism, cheating, misrepresentation of facts and participation in an offence to be serious academic offences. Students should refer to the University of Alberta Calendar (Section 26; Code of Student Behaviour) for a full description of academic offences. This section can also be found on the online Code of Student Behaviour
About your Professor:  
Office: P445 Biological Sciences Building
Office Hours: 09:00-10:00 Weds
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