• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Biological Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Biological Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Zoology, Biology, Biodiversity Conservation

The course begins with surveying general principles of ecology and behaviour, and quickly progresses to a consideration of how these apply in turn to lemurs, lorises and galagos, tarsiers, New and Old World monkeys, and apes, because the meaning and relevance of theory are best appreciated in context. Students will be expected to apply the principles of behavioural evolution to primates, and to understand all groups in outline and a few groups in some depth.

There will be visits to the National Zoo and Aquarium and to undertake a project to collect behavioural data for assessment. There will be a (optional) visit to Taronga Zoo.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Identify key basic behavioural and ecological principles as they apply to non-human primates.

    2. Summarize the behavioural and ecological characteristics of selected non-human primate species

    3. Combine information from a variety of academic resources on a foundational theory of primate behaviour to explain its current relevance.

    4. Use case studies to effectively illustrate a theoretical concept in primate behaviour and articulate your ideas orally

    5. Summarise key points from a scientific article and link back to material regarding common principles of non-human primate species biology

    Indicative Assessment

    One 2500 word essay (25%) (LO 3)
    One 500 word essay proposal (5%) (LO 3)
    One 30 minute Tutorial presentation ( 20%) (LO 4)
    Four 300 word Tutorial portfolio assignments (4 x 5% = 20%) (LO 5)
    Two 40 minute midterm exams (15% each x 2 = 30%) (LO,1,2)

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    130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of film screenings, and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    6 units of (ARCH, ANTH, BIAN, BIOL). Incompatible BIAN 2012/BIAN6514




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    6.00 0.12500
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    2017 $3444
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    2017 $4590
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    Second Semester

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
    9529 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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