Animal Behaviour

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Animal Behaviour

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Animal Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    STAT1070

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    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.
    LEARNING OUTCOMES
    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
    ASSESSMENT ITEMS
    Report: Zoo Report
    Presentation: Presentation
    Written Assignment: Draft and Final Scientific Paper; Peer Reviews
    Formal Examination: Final Examination

Course Disclaimer

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.