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    The behavioural ecology of reproduction and survival.

    The aim of this particular paper will be to understand why different species behave in different ways and why, within species, there may be individual differences in behaviour.

    About this paper

    Paper title Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology
    Subject Zoology
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    54 200-level points from Science Schedule C
    Schedule C

    Students are expected to have taken courses that cover some preliminary evolution and/or behaviour, and a basic statistics paper.

    Teaching staff
    Dr. Sheri Johnson
    Dr. Jenny Jandt
    Professor Robert Poulin
    Paper Structure

    Lectures, labs and independent research that is conducted in small groups.


    Recommended texts:

    • Animal Behaviour, Rubenstein, 12th Edition.
    • An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology, Davies et al., 4th Edition.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
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    Learning Outcomes
    Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
    • Articulate a broad understanding of animal behaviour, behavioural ecology and evolution
    • Identify and critically evaluate relevant information
    • Communicate behavioural ecology concepts to the science community and general public
    • Design and execute experiments studying some aspect of behavioural ecology
    • Work effectively both independently and as part of a research group


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
    Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Friday 14:00-17:50 9-12, 15-22
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