University of Newcastle
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units10
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewThe 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.LEARNING OUTCOMES1. 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.CONTENTProximate causes and ultimate function of behaviourMeasuring behaviourExperimental designSampling techniquesPhysiological basis of behaviourMolecular biology and genetic influencesNeurobiologyEndocrine systemsThe development of behaviourOntogeny, experience and learningThe adaptive nature of behaviourAntipredator behaviourSpatial orientationCommunicationForagingSociality and group livingTerritoriality, dispersal, migrationCo-operation, altruism and kin selectionSexual selectionMating systemsParental care strategiesThe art of scientific writingPeer reviewASSESSMENT ITEMSReport: Zoo ReportPresentation: PresentationWritten Assignment: Draft and Final Scientific Paper; Peer ReviewsFormal Examination: Final Examination
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.