Animal Behaviour

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Animal Behaviour

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Animal Science, Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Assumed Background:
    Students are expected to have done some first-year biology (ideally BIOL1020 and BIOL1030 or equivalent), and a basic statistics course. While no specific second year course is a prerequisite, students are expected to perform at a third-year level in this subject; thus they will be expected to think more critically, and write better, than would be expected for a second-year subject.
    This course requires additional faculty approval for entry.

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description
    Patterns of invertebrate & vertebrate animal behaviour, physiological bases of behaviour, development of behaviour, how patterns of behaviour evolve & how these are studied. Examples will be taken from both invertebrate & vertebrate animals. Evaluate & test hypotheses about behaviour critically. Critique papers from the primary literature & carry out research projects on animal behaviour.
    Course Introduction
    This course will provide a well-rounded coverage of the field of animal behaviour from physiological, ecological and evolutionary perspectives. We expect students to critically evaluate concepts and information introduced in lectures and the textbook, and to critically read primary scientific literature. Small group tutorials will provide students with training in the critical reading of primary literature and in how to carry out independent research in this field. Students will carry out a semester long group independent project, including writing a research proposal for the project (group assignment), collecting and analysing data and writing a scientific report on the project. You will be able to choose whether to do this final report individually or as a group.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • analyse the ways in which selection may have acted on animals' behavioural patterns
    • explain how particular behaviour patterns assist animals to survive and/or reproduce in their environments
    • analyze the physiological underpinnings of some simple behaviours, including genetic, sensory, neurological and hormonal influences
    • Understand some of the main theoretical approaches to understanding animal behaviour.
    • plan and carry out a basic research project in the field of animal behaviour
    • write a scientific report in a style similar to a journal article in the field of animal behaviour
    • identify the main argument of a scholarly paper on animal behaviour and critique the quality of presentation of the argument and the degree which the conclusions follow from the results presented
    Class Contact
    3 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour, 1 Practical or Laboratory hour

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