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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 two research areas within the field of animal behaviour and will develop your research skills while learning about the latest advances in these fields.

    About this paper

    Paper title Advanced Topics in Animal Behaviour
    Subject Zoology
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,448.79
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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 (course co-ordinator)
    Dr Sheri Johnson

    Paper Structure

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

    • Animal social networks
    • 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


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42
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