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ZOOL422 Advanced Topics in Animal Behaviour

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In-depth discussion-based format focused on 3-4 current topics in the field of animal behaviour. Each topic to be led by an expert in that field.

Animal behaviour is essentially the study of what animals do and why and can span a wide range of topics, including animal personality, communication, reproduction and sexual selection, genetic and non-genetic (epigenetic) control of behaviour, and sociality and eusociality. In this paper, you will be exposed to three research areas within the field of animal behaviour and will develop your research skills while learning about the latest advances in these fields.

Paper title Advanced Topics in Animal Behaviour
Paper code ZOOL422
Subject Zoology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,348.60
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,967.53

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ZOOL 314 or ZOOL 315
The prerequisite may be waived for students with an equivalent level of knowledge. To do this, apply for Special Permission during paper selection on the Review and submit page.

A background in undergraduate animal behaviour is required for this paper.


Teaching staff

Dr Stephanie Godfrey
Dr Jenny Jandt
Dr Sheri Johnson

Paper Structure

The paper is run as a series of discussion-based tutorials, divided into three modules that cover the following topics:

  • Animal social networks
  • Evolution of social behaviour
  • Behavioural genetics

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the latest advances in three areas of research within the field of animal behaviour.
  • Critically appraise, comprehend and interpret animal behaviour research.
  • Design and undertake research in the field of animal behaviour using appropriate methodology and techniques.
  • Communicate key issues or research on animal behaviour to a diverse audience.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 28-34, 36-41