Courses & Units

Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology KPZ303



This unit aims to provide students 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 scientific journal article (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
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Zoology

Erik Wapstra,

Teaching staff

Erik Wapstra, Chris Burridge, Elissa Cameron, Shane Richards

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 15/7/2019 9/8/2019 2/9/2019 20/10/2019

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2019: $1,169.00 2019: $2,200.00 010905

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Teaching Pattern

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


Research project (30% total, 2 components including presentation and research report), Forum essay, 1500 words (20%), Exam (50%) (2-hours).

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