Animal behaviour includes the ways animals interact with other living things, each other and their environment. 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.
Availability2020 Course Timetables
- Semester 1 - 2020
- Semester 1 - 2020
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Apply knowledge of behavioural theory to new situations;
2. Interpret, summarise, validate and critique data from the scientific literature;
3. Work independently to design and execute a scientific study in the discipline area;
4. Formulate a hypothesis and robust experimental design;
5. Collect, analyse and interpret data statistically, and write a scientific paper based on data
6. Critically evaluate the work of peers.
Proximate causes and ultimate function of behaviour Measuring behaviour Experimental design Sampling techniques Physiological basis of behaviour Molecular biology and genetic influences Neurobiology Endocrine systems The development of behaviour Ontogeny, experience and learning The adaptive nature of behaviour Antipredator behaviour Spatial orientation Communication Foraging Sociality and group living Territoriality, dispersal, migration Co-operation, altruism and kin selection Sexual selection Mating systems Parental care strategies The art of scientific writing Peer review
This course replaces BIOL3350. If you have successfully completed BIOL3350 you cannot
enrol in this course.
Report: Zoo Report
Written Assignment: Draft and Final Scientific Paper; Peer Reviews and Presentation
Written Assignment: Content Summaries
Callaghan and Ourimbah
Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Face to Face Off Campus 30 hour(s) per Term Full Term
Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Face to Face On Campus 32 hour(s) per Term Full Term
Workshop will involve 4 x 8hr workshops; Students will also be required to complete some self directed field based study for a Student Project.