BIOEB301-20B (HAM)

Advanced Animal Behaviour

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science
Ecology, Biodiversity and Animal Behaviour

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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. Throughout the course you will critically evaluate current research on a variety of topics related to animal behaviour including: communication, sexual selection, conflict, mating systems, parental care, foraging theory, predator-prey interactions, habitat selection and and cooperation. The paper also provides participants with the opportunity to conduct independent laboratory and field studies of behaviour, and will involve several guest lectures to give examples of working on applied animal behaviour problems such as animal welfare and enrichment.

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Paper Structure

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

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the field of Animal Behaviour 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 60:40. The internal assessment of 60% will consist of 2 lab reports (2 x 5% = 10%), 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. There will also be 1 x group research project report (20%), and an online video game activity (2%). The exam will cover all material (40%).

Note that the table incorrectly states that the internal:exam ratio is 50:50 - this will be corrected in due course

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Research project proposal
17 Jul 2020
5:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Zoo trip report
25 Jul 2020
5:00 PM
5
  • Hand-in: In Lab
3. Hungry Birds video game activity
2
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Test 1
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
5. Oral presentation of research project
25 Sep 2020
5:00 PM
8
  • In Class: In Lab
6. Test 2
9 Oct 2020
4:30 PM
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
7. Research project report
16 Oct 2020
4:30 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Exam
40
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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Rubenstein & Alcock (2019) Animal Behaviour. Eleventh 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.

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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: 5 x 3 hours (15 hours); totalling 42 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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