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BIOL3046: Animal Behaviour

The unit will provide a broad overview of the scientific study of animal behaviour. It will consider mechanistic and functional explanations of animal behaviour across contexts including kin selection and altruism, sociality, foraging, aggression and competition, sexual selection and mate choice, the behaviour of predators and prey, and communication and signalling. The information presented and discussed in this unit will reflect the most up-to-date research in each aspect of the field of animal behaviour. Practical sessions are closely aligned with the lecture material and will foster the development of key skills by providing hands-on experience of experimental design, data collection and analysis.

Code BIOL3046
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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[12cp of BIOL2XXX] OR [6cp from BIOL2XXX and (MBLG2X72 or GEGE2X01 or GENE2002)]
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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BIOL3946 or BIOL3025 or BIOL3925

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. describe and discuss the concepts associated with the scientific study of animal behaviour
  • LO2. identify and discuss some of the current topics in animal behaviour research
  • LO3. design and complete experimental and observational research in animal behaviour
  • LO4. critically read, evaluate and synthesise information from the primary literature
  • LO5. conduct analysis of data and communicate your findings concisely and scientifically in both written and graphical forms.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.