- Code BIOL6631
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Biology
Our aim in this course is to introduce you to the logic of thinking about the process of adaptation. We will do this by addressing a number of key controversies in behavioural ecology, the study of how natural selection shapes the behaviour of animals. Our lectures are organised into four modules: how can cooperative behaviour emerge and be maintained, how can the costs and benefits of behavioural and reproductive strategies be balanced, what are the underlying principles that govern animal communication, and the biology of sex: when is it advantageous to produce sons or daughters, what are the benefits of mate choice to females, why in some systems do males provide more care to offspring than females? These areas cover research topics of interest to the strong behavioural ecology group at ANU. However, the primary aim of the course is to develop a logical approach that can be applied to understanding any question in biology.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates, but also have additional components and assessment.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- recognise when behaviour poses difficulties for accepted wisdom and theory
- think strategically on how to formulate and test adaptive hypotheses
- communicate problems and their solutions to both an intelligent public and a community of informed scientists
- read the literature critically to assimilate views on new findings and present these views in writing
- carry out independent literature research
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
- Literature assignment (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Essay (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Workshop exercises (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Final examination (50) [LO 1,2,3]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 2-3 hours of lectures per week, 4 x 3-hour workshop sessions throughout the semester.
- Approximately 75 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations, group work reports and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Davies, N.B., Krebs, J.R. & West, S.A. 2012 An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology 4th Edition. Wiley-Blackwell
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