This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of behavioural ecology within an evolutionary framework. There will be an emphasis on fundamental principles (e.g., the ways in which animals interact with their own and other species and the environment, mechanisms to maximise reproductive success, determinants of fitness of an individual). In lectures, these principles will be highlighted by presentation of the history and theory of behavioural ecology, recent examples and advances (primary literature and research within the School), and detailed case studies. Practicals will develop students' understanding of relevant research methodology, with an emphasis on research design. Extended workshops/discussions will allow in depth exploration of specific areas of behavioural ecology, while a group research project will emphasise experimental design and data collection in a real situation. Scientific presentation skills will be developed through presentation of the research project to peers as a conference talk, and in a written report in the form of scientific journal article (e.g., Behavioural Ecology). An assignment in the format of a review in Trends in Ecology and Evolution will further develop the students' ability to synthesise and communicate cutting edge ideas in behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology.
|Unit name||Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology|
|Faculty/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Assoc Prof Erik Wapstra
Dr Geoff While, Dr Chris Burridge, Prof Elissa Cameron
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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|Band||CSP Student Contribution||Full Fee Paying (domestic)||Field of Education|
|2||2020: $1,190.00||2020: $2,354.00||010905|
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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
2 hours of lectures per week, and 3 hours of practicals per week.
Research project (30% total - seminar 10%, report 20%) (20 minute peer assessed group seminar, report to conform to manuscript guidelines for Behavioural Ecology), Review Essay: 1500 words (20%), Exam (50%) (2 hours).
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