This unit aims to provide students with an advanced level of understandingof behavioural ecology within an evolutionary framework. There will be an emphasis on gaininga comprehensive understanding of the 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 develop an understanding of relevant research methodology (the process of science, research design, data analysis and synthesis) via group research projects. The group projects will emphasise gaining high level expertise in 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 provide you with an opportunities to demonstrate mastery in using primary literature to critique and apply this knowledge to address novel questions in Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology.
|Unit name||Advanced Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology|
|Faculty/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Dr Geoff While,
Assoc Prof Erik Wapstra, Dr Chris Burridge, Professor Elissa Cameron, Dr Shane Richards
|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|
* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).
Unit census dates currently displaying for 2019 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2019 will be available from the 1st October 2018.
|Band||CSP Student Contribution||Full Fee Paying (domestic)||Field of Education|
|2||2019: $1,169.00||2019: $2,200.00||010900|
Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.
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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, 2 components including presentation and research report), Forum essay, 1500 words (20%), Exam (50%) (2 hours).
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
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