Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 1|
Previously offered in 2013
The course provides students with an introduction to the field of animal behaviour. Students will gain knowledge of the principles and current theoretical issues within the field. The course models the process of conducting scientific research in the field of animal behaviour from hypothesis formulation, to design, sampling, analysis and dissemination of findings. As such, the course encourages skill development in observing behaviour, formulating testable hypotheses, experimental design, data collection and analysis, and the presentation of findings in written scientific format. Further, theoretical instruction provides students with the requisite knowledge to be able to interpret and place their findings within the body of discipline-specific theory.
In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.
On successful completion of this course, students will be equipped to:
1. Navigate and synthesise the scientific literature to gain a detailed knowledge of the sub-discipline area of animal behaviour.
2. Apply knowledge of behavioural theory to new situations.
3. Interpret, summarise, validate and critique data from the scientific literature.
4. Work independently to design, execute and report a scientific study in the discipline area.
5. Demonstrate skills in hypothesis formulation and experimental design.
6. Demonstrate skills in the collection of behavioural data in the field.
7. Demonstrate skills in the interpretation and statistical analysis of data.
8. Communicate findings to a scientific audience in written format.
9. Critically evaluate the work of peers.
Proximate causes and ultimate function of behaviour
Physiological basis of behaviour
Molecular biology and genetic influences
The development of behaviour
Ontogeny, experience and learning
The adaptive nature of behaviour
Sociality and group living
Territoriality, dispersal, migration
Co-operation, altruism and kin selection
Parental care strategies
The art of scientific writing
BIOL3350 Ecological Research
Not to count for credit with BIOL3350
Modes of Delivery
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Workshop: for 32 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Computer Lab: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term