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BZ3061 - Behavioural Ecology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

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 science.
Prerequisites: 9CP of Level 2 Science
BZ5061 ZL3061 ZL5061


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Dr Ben Hirsch
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Will Edwards, Miss Kyana Pike, Dr Ben Hirsch.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 13 hours fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study
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.