The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

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.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able 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.


Content

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


Requisite

This course replaces BIOL3350. If you have successfully completed BIOL3350 you cannot

enrol in this course.


Assumed knowledge

ENVS3005Animal BehaviourThe 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.FSCITFaculty of Science723School of Environmental and Life Sciences1030005940Semester 1 - 2019CALLAGHANCallaghan20195940Semester 1 - 2019CENTRALCSTOurimbah2019STAT1070Proximate 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 YOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1Navigate and synthesise the scientific literature to gain a detailed knowledge of the sub-discipline area of animal behaviour.2Apply knowledge of behavioural theory to new situations.3Interpret, summarise, validate and critique data from the scientific literature.4Work independently to design, execute and report a scientific study in the discipline area.5Demonstrate skills in hypothesis formulation and experimental design.6Demonstrate skills in the collection of behavioural data in the field.7Demonstrate skills in the interpretation and statistical analysis of data.8Communicate findings to a scientific audience in written format.9Critically evaluate the work of peers. This course replaces BIOL3350. If you have successfully completed BIOL3350 you cannot

enrol in this course.Report: Zoo ReportPresentation: PresentationWritten Assignment: Draft and Final Scientific Paper; Peer ReviewsWritten Assignment: Content Summaries Callaghan and OurimbahComputer LabFace to Face On Campus3hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0Field StudyFace to Face Off Campus30hour(s)per Term0Full Term0LectureOnline2hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0WorkshopFace to Face On Campus32hour(s)per Term0Full Term0Workshop will involve 4 x 8hr workshops; Students will also be required to complete some self directed field based study for a Student Project.


Assessment items

Report: Zoo Report

Presentation: Presentation

Written Assignment: Draft and Final Scientific Paper; Peer Reviews

Written Assignment: Content Summaries


Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 30 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Lecture

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Workshop

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.