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BZ3061 - Behavioural Ecology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology (pre 2015)

Understanding the evolution, maintenance and diversity of animal behaviours is one of the great joys of being a zoologist. This subject provides you with the skills to observe and interpret this variety of behaviours, with an emphasis on tropical ecosystems. Examples include areas such as natural selection, predator vs. prey dynamics, sexual selection and mate choice, mating systems, cooperation and sociality.

Learning Outcomes

  • explain and reference the intellectual foundation of the field of behavioural ecology;
  • critically interpret the biological world within the framework of behavioural ecology;
  • skilfully apply appropriate practical skills for behavioural ecologists.
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good background in level 2 biology.
Prerequisites: 6CP of Level 2 BZ
BZ5061 ZL3061 ZL5061


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); survival skills (10%); eportfolio (mid-sem) (20%); eportfolio (end-sem) (20%); eportfolio peer assessment (10%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.