BIOEB301-19B (HAM)

Advanced Animal Behaviour

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper provides an up-to-date review of issues in the field of Animal Behaviour (or Ethology). We examine the development, causation, function, and evolutionary history of vertebrate and invertebrate behaviour. The paper also provides participants with the opportunity to conduct independent laboratory and field studies of behaviour.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through lectures, a field trip and through guided group research projects, with opportunities for feedback from regular assessments. Attendance at ALL practical classes is strongly recommended.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the field of Ethology and processes that govern an animal’s behaviour.
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  • Develop an ability to think critically and constructively about complex issues in biology.
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  • Develop and/or enhance their research skills.
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Assessment

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This course is assessed via internal assessment and an exam, with a ratio of 50:50. The internal assessment of 50% will consist of two lab reports (22% of the final grade; i.e., 2 x 11%), one lab presentation (8%), and two tests (20%; i.e., 2 x 10%). Test 1 will cover the preceding lecture material, and Test 2 will cover lectures delivered after Test 1 and before Test 2. The exam will cover all material.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Zoo trip report
20 Jul 2019
5:00 PM
5
  • Hand-in: In Lab
2. Research project proposal
26 Jul 2019
5:00 PM
5
  • Hand-in: In Lab
3. Test 1
16 Aug 2019
12:00 PM
7.5
  • In Class: In Lecture
4. Oral presentation of research project
20 Sep 2019
5:00 PM
5
  • In Class: In Lab
5. Test 2
4 Oct 2019
12:00 PM
7.5
  • In Class: In Lecture
6. Research project report
11 Oct 2019
4:30 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
7. Exam
50
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Alcock (2013) Animal Behaviour: An Evolutionary Approach Tenth Edition, Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, Massachusetts

Note: a copy of this text will be placed on Course Reserve at the library. Previous editions of this book is acceptable for those purchasing second hand copies.

Additional material will be placed on Course Reserve and provided on Moodle at times.

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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where you will be able to access lecture recordings, PDF files of lecture notes, some readings, and assessment materials.

Please note: Moodle will be used for class notices etc. and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole. Paper materials are copyright and must not be passed on to third parties.

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Workload

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Lectures: 21 (including 1 tutorial and 2 tests); field trip (6 hours); lab classes: 4 x 3 hours (12 hours); totalling 39 hours contact time. In addition, at least 100+ hours for readings, further data collection for research projects, and assessment preparation.

These figures are approximations only, as papers vary in their requirements and students vary in both the amount of effort required and the level of grades they wish to achieve.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Links with BIOEB302 Advanced Zoology and BIOEB303 Terrestrial Ecology would be helpful.
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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: BIOL234 or BIOEB203. BIOEB200 is recommended.

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: BIOL333

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