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BZ3710 - Animal Behaviour

[Not offered in 2012]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

General principles of animal behaviour in an evolutionary context. Includes: methods for interpreting behaviour studies; ontogenetic development of behaviour; foraging behaviour; mating systems; animal communication.Topics include: determinants of behaviour; evolution the selective advantage of behaviours; ethology and comparative psychology; sociobiology; optimality; optimal foraging theory; closed and open programs; learning in nature and the laboratory; critical periods imprinting; ontogenetic changes in behaviour patterns; navigation; intra-specific interactions; predation and predatory versatility; mating systems; courtship; communication.

Learning Outcomes

  • obtain a synoptic view of animal behaviour by examining selected case studies;
  • obtain an understanding of the empirical basis for behaviour studies;
  • understand methodological principles in behaviour studies;
  • understand the intellectual foundation of behavioural studies.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to use a variety of media and methods to retrieve, analyse, evaluate, organise and present information;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of animal phylogenetic relationships and of basic animal ecology, and should have completed ZL2005/MB2080 (Invertebrate Biology) and BZ2440 (Ecology and Conservation) or equivalents.
Prerequisites: BZ2440 AND (ZL2005 OR MB2080)
ZL3026 ZL5026 BZ5710

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