ZOOL326 Animal Behaviour

Updated: 25 September 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
12 February 2020 14 February 2020 Mandatory Ability to enrol in this unit will be removed approx two days prior to the commencement of this mandatory intensive school.
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites BIOL110 and BIOL120 and successful completion of at least 24cp at 200 level; or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ZOOL526

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Combined Units ZOOL526 - Animal Behaviour
Coordinator(s) Paul McDonald (paul.mcdonald@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit explores the field of animal behaviour through an evolutionary framework, focusing upon the unifying principles that govern the extraordinary diversity of natural behaviour around us. Lectures cover topics relevant to the major challenges facing animals throughout their lives, including navigating through their environment, finding mates, avoiding predators and in turn finding food. Emphasis is placed on the common factors that shape behaviour across taxa. Students also undertake practicals and field trips that provide the required training to observe behaviour, before using these skills to conduct an independent research project targeting a species of their choice.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. provide a well developed cognitive description of traditional approaches to the study of animal behaviour through to modern methodology;
  2. discuss the broad and coherent principles underpinning animal behaviour across animal taxa;
  3. apply these principles to create a well developed hypothesis and test concerning observed behaviour in the field;
  4. apply effective participation skills as a team member on animal behaviour projects; and
  5. demonstrate a well developed judgement and understanding of project findings and implications in both written and oral formats. This will also demonstrate an ability to analyse and evaluate information.