Courses & Units

Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology KPZ303



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
Unit code KPZ303
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Zoology
Coordinator Doctor Geoffrey (Geoff) While
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a coherent understanding of major themes in behavioural and evolutionary ecology
  • Design and plan a scientific investigation that will allow you to analyse and solve scientific problems
  • Collect, analyse and interpret scientific data
  • Demonstrate science communication skills including scientific writing, verbal discussion, debate, and oral presentation appropriate to scientific discourse
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010905 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Admission into a Masters course OR KZA212 Functional Biology of Animals


Teaching Pattern

2 hours of lectures per week, and 3 hours of practicals per week.

AssessmentExamination (50%)|Report (20%)|Presentation (10%)|Assignment (20%)
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