Course: Bioacoustic practicals

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Course title Bioacoustic practicals
Course code KZO/144
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course not specified
Year of study not specified
Frequency of the course In each academic year, in the winter semester.
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Linhart Pavel, RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Hrouzková Ema, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Ptáček Ladislav, Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Topics of bioacoustics research; Recording gear; Modifications of recording gear (cabels, batteries, open-source recorders and microphones); Field recording - focal and passive recording; Sound archives; Digital sound representation (sampling frequency, compression); Sound annotation; Recording database; Software for bioacoustics analysis; Manual and automatic sound analysis; Display of sound data; Design of playback experiments; Preparation of acoustic stimuli; Processing of big data recordings - an overview (R, Python, Matlab); Machine-learning for audio analysis - an overview (R, Python, Matlab); Reviewing bioacoustics gear; Noise and amplitude measurements; Working on and presentation of the independent and team projects. Consultation of individual projects.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book), Monitoring, Work with multi-media resources (texts, internet, IT technologies), Experiment, Individual tutoring
  • Class attendance - 25 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 100 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Students will learn the basic and selected advanced steps of bioacoustic analysis. They will practice it on the independent (own data) and team projects (participation on the garants' running projects). Covered methods are applicable in conservation (acoustic censuses of birds and mammals), ecology (biodiversity assessment), ethology (call repertoire, activity patterns, mate choice), or for outreach to public audience (Researchers' night, excursions, exhibitions, etc.).
The student will have an overview of the basic bioacoustic research questions and will be able to use methodological tools to solve those questions.
The course is aimed at MSc and PhD students who use bioacoustic methods in their projects or who are interested in vocal communication in animals. It is an introductory course that does not assume any previous knowledge of the topic.

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance assessment, Seminar work

Presence in the classes, carrying out independent project and active participation on a team project.
Recommended literature
  • Bradbury, Jack W.; Verhencamp, Sandra L. Principles of animal communication. 1st ed. Sunderland, Massachusetts : Sinauer Associates, 1998. ISBN 0-87893-100-7.
  • Owings, Donald Henry; Morton, Eugene S. Animal vocal communication : a new approach. 1st ed. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1998. ISBN 0-521-32468-8.
  • Sueur, Jérôme. Sound analysis and synthesis with R. Cham : Springer, 2018. ISBN 978-3-319-77645-3.

Study plans that include the course
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