This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of animal behaviour within an evolutionary and ecological 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. The practical classes are designed to initially develop understanding of relevant research methodology (the process of science, research design, data analysis and synthesis) via group research projects. The group projects will emphasise experimental design and data collection in real situations (not always as easy as it may seem) framed within a theoretical framework. Scientific presentation skills are important to any budding scientist (or for that matter in most job situations); these 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 a scientific manuscript (in the format of the journal Behavioral Ecology). The forum assessment will develop your ability to access primary literature and to critique and apply this knowledge to address novel questions in Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology.
|Unit name||Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Doctor Geoff While|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Explain the major concepts in behavioural and evolutionary ecology and their relevance to understanding biological diversity
- Design and execute an independent scientific study
- Apply knowledge and skills to collect, analyse, and interpret scientific data
- Communicate scientific ideas and results in written, verbal and graphic forms to both a scientific and general audience
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PrerequisitesAdmission into a Masters course OR KZA212 Functional Biology of Animals
1 x 2 hour lecture per week, and 1 x 3 hour practical per week.
|Assessment||Examination (40%)|Research Project Report (20%)|Research Project Presentation (10%)|Forum Assignment (20%)|Research Project Grant Proposal (5%)|Forum Assignment Reading Report (5%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
Krebs, J.R., Davies, N.B. and West, S. A. (2012). An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology. Blackwell Science. ISBN: 0865427313
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