ZOOL526 Animal Behaviour

Updated: 24 October 2018
Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus 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
13 February 2019 15 February 2019 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 candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ZOOL326
Notes

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 ZOOL326 - 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.

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Animal Behavior

ISBN: 9780128015322
Breed, M.D. and Moore, J., Academic Press 2nd ed. 2016

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Recommended Material
Optional

Text(s):

Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Measuring Behaviour: An Introductory Guide

ISBN: 9780521535632
Martin, P. and Bateson, P.P.G., Cambridge University Press 3rd ed. 2007

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Poster Presentation 10%
Assessment Notes

1 minute oral, 1 cardboard sheet

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2, 5

Compulsory Practical 0%
Assessment Notes

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.

Compulsory Practical Report - Waterbirds 10% 1200
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 3, 4

Compulsory Project Outline 5% 500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 3, 5

Compulsory Project Report 35% 2500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2, 5

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 40%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-2


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. present an advanced and integrated understanding relevent to traditional approaches to the study of animal behaviour through to modern methodology;
  2. discuss the broad principles underpinning animal behaviour across animal taxa;
  3. apply these principles at an advanced level to develop and test a hypothesis concerning observed behaviour in the field;
  4. provide expert, specialised cognitive skills as a team member on animal behaviour projects; and explain at an advanced level their project findings and implications in both written and oral formats; and
  5. demonstrate the ability to undertake research and apply established theories to a body of knowledge or practice this will also involve critically analysing, reflecting on synthesizing complex information, problems, concepts and theories.