AGEN 3001 Animal Behaviour
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 300878
Coordinator John Hunt Opens in new window
Description Focusing on a variety of wildlife and domestic animal species, the unit addresses how classic ecological and evolutionary principles shape animal behaviour by weighing the experimental and observational evidence for each idea. We illustrate concepts with examples from a wide range of taxonomic groups of animals in diverse ecosystems. Students will conduct experimental field and laboratory procedures, as well as observe and work with groups of animals on the UWS Hawkesbury campus.
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp
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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject
Equivalent Subjects AGEN 3002 - Animal Behaviour
Restrictions Successful completion of 120 credit points in the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Natural Sciences.
- Integrate basic evolutionary theory and genetics principles to determine how/why animal behaviour is both related to and shaped by evolution/genetics.
- Determine how cost/benefit/risk can be identified in the context of optimality and game theories to formulate and test ultimate and proximate hypotheses for behaviours.
- Describe the evolution of different reproductive strategies and mating patterns and strategies, and how tools such as phylogenetics and experimentation can be used to study it.
- Determine how the evolution of animal behaviour is used to understand aspects of human behaviour.
- Explain why understanding the ethology of companion animals and domestic stock is important in our interactions with them.
- Conduct field investigations safely and ethically in the field and laboratory, using sampling methodology correctly to obtain valid data.
- Use spreadsheets and statistical tools in analytical programs to enter, analyse and graph data and to draw appropriate conclusions from data.
- Communicate findings correctly in oral or in written form using an appropriate style, accessing the scientific literature to place the findings in context.
2. The ecological and evolutionary mechanisms underlying animal behaviour
3. Foundational and contemporary theories of animal behaviour, as well as the application of animal behaviour
4. General scientific and specific behavioural methodologies to test hypotheses and effectively communicate research using a range of scientific modes
The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.
|Scientific Report||2,000 word||20||N||Individual|
|Group Poster||A0 poster and presentation (must be present at poster session for 2 hours to answer||30||N||Individual|
|4 Online Quizzes (10% each)||1 hour (open book, conducted in own time over a 1 week period)||40||N||Individual|
|Group Project Pitch Presentation||15 minutes||10||N||Individual|
- Alcock, J 2009, Animal behavior: an evolutionary approach, 9th edn, Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, Mass.
2022 Semester 2
Subject Contact John Hunt Opens in new window
Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.