- 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, ecology and conservation of living non-human primates. Primates include monkeys, apes, and strepsirhines, as well people. Understanding non-human primates helps us to evaluate and understand the behaviour, culture, 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 cover a variety of topics including: morphology and distinguishing characteristics of each group of living primates; social organisation, mating, activity and diet as well as community ecology. Once lectures are complete, tutorial work will be done through the collection of behavioural data on primate groups at the National Zoo and Aquarium (NZA). Students will be trained in data collection and assigned a species of primate on which to collect behavioural data. This data will then be used to answer a research question based in one of the theories learned in lecture. Finally, theory and data will be put in the context of primate conservation and how we best conserve the world’s primates.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify key basic behavioural and ecological principles as they apply to non-human primates;
- use appropriate behavioural observation techniques to record the behaviour of living non-human primates;
- put behavioural data in the context of existing primatological and conservation theory to address a research problem;
- combine information from a variety of academic resources covering foundational theories, species biology and conservation to explain a current research problem that needs addressing;
- succinctly present research results in oral formats; and
- critically evaluate the methods used in existing behavioural studies.
- One midterm exam, 40 minutes (20) [LO 1]
- Data collection assignment (10) [LO 2]
- Data analysis assignment (10) [LO 3]
- 2000 word Research proposal (30) [LO 2,3,4]
- 5 minute presentation of research proposal (10) [LO 5]
- 1500 word critical evaluation of methods used in literature (20) [LO 4,6]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 18 hours of lectures and 18 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities; and
b) 98 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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