- Code BIAN6514
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
This course examines the behaviour and ecology of living non-human primates. Primates include monkeys, apes, lemurs and other prosimians, as well people. Understanding non-human primates helps us to evaluate and understand the behaviour, culture and language, and biology of our own species, as well as to give us valuable information that is necessary for the conservation of non-human primates, the majority of which are now threatened. Lectures will start with a description of the morphology and distinguishing characteristics of each group of living primates. We will then focus on primate behaviour theory and concepts using some of these primates as examples to illustrate the main points; often this will be done through the description of current research projects being conducted at ANU. This component of the course will consist of lectures, guest lectures and films, all of which are testable material.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify key basic behavioural and ecological principles as they apply to non-human primates;
- Summarise the behavioural and ecological characteristics of selected non-human primate species;
- Combine information from a variety of academic resources on a foundational theory of primate behaviour to explain if it is still relevant in studies of primate behaviour and ecology;
- Use case studies to effectively illustrate a theoretical concept in primate behaviour and articulate your argument orally; and
- Summarise key points from a scientific article and link back to material regarding common principles of non-human primate species biology.
Indicative AssessmentTwo midterm examinations, 55 minutes each (15% each for a total of 30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]
Discussion lead, 15 minutes (5%) [Learning Outcome 5]
Final essay, 3500 words (25%) [Learning Outcomes 3, 4]
Tutorial presentation, 30 minutes (20%) [Learning Outcome 5]
Four tutorial portfolio summaries, 300 words each (5% each for a total of 20%) [Learning Outcome 5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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