To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Specialisations).
The Animal Behaviour (Honours) specialisation requires four years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time). The specialisation is offered by the College of Science and Engineering.
The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.
The program of study aims to provide students with a broad-based foundation in animal behaviour. The program will examine animal behaviour in captive and wild animals, and will promote an understanding of the role of animal behaviour for assessing animal welfare, survival, and evolution. The program also aims to develop a range of transferable research, analytical and communication skills including the capacity to:
The Honours year provides students with advanced skills that are required for planning, funding and carrying out research projects in a specific area. It also aims to develop a range of transferable research, analytical and communication skills including the capacity to:
The program provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study in biology or another science or non-science related discipline or for a career in a biology related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.
On completion of the course, students will be able to:
In addition, graduates of the Honours year are expected to be able to:
To qualify for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Animal Behaviour) a student must complete 144 units, with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the study detailed below.
No more than 45 units of First Year level topics may be included in the 144 units for the degree. Topics designated 'any year' or with no year level specified are regarded as First Year level topics.
Elective topics to complete 144 units may be selected from any offered within the University or, with approval from the College of Science and Engineering, from outside the University, provided any course and prerequisite requirements are met.
Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.
Upon completion of at least 103.5 units and with a GPA of 5 or more in the last 36 units of study, students may commence the Fourth Year Honours program. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement will exit with the Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour) on completion of 108 units.
Students who have completed 108 units according to the first three years of the program may choose to exit with the Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour).
36 units comprising:
BIOL1101 Evolution of Biological Diversity (4.5 units)
BIOL1102 Molecular Basis of Life (4.5 units)
BIOL1711 Introduction to Animal Behaviour (4.5 units)
SPOC1701 The Nature of Science I (4.5 units)
STAT1122 Biostatistics (4.5 units)
Plus one of:
CHEM1101 Chemical Structure and Bonding (4.5 units)
CHEM1201 General Chemistry (4.5 units)
9 units of elective topics^ from across the University where entry requirements are met
36 units comprising:
BIOL2701 Experimental Design and Statistics for Biology (4.5 units)
BIOL2702 Genetics, Evolution and Biodiversity (4.5 units)
BIOL2711 Ecology (4.5 units)
BIOL2712 Animal Diversity (4.5 units)
BIOL2721 Foundations of Animal Behaviour (4.5 units)
BIOL2722 Disease and Immunology (4.5 units)
Plus 9 units of elective topics^ from across the University where entry requirements are met.
36 units comprising:
BIOL3701 Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology (4.5 units)
BIOL3702 Marine and Freshwater Biology (4.5 units)
BIOL3711 Plant and Algal Diversity (4.5 units)
BIOL3712 Integrative Physiology of Animals and Plants (4.5 units)
BIOL3721 Research in Animal Behaviour (4.5 units)
BIOL3722 Conservation and Ecological Genetics (4.5 units)
Plus 9 units of elective topics#^ from across the University where entry requirements are met.
# Students are encouraged to enrol in STEM3001 Science Connect (4.5 units) as a third year elective.
36 units comprising:
BIOL7700A Biology Honours Research Project (4.5/22.5 units)
BIOL7700B Biology Honours Research Project (4.5/22.5 units)
BIOL7700C Biology Honours Research Project (4.5/22.5 units)
BIOL7700D Biology Honours Research Project (4.5/22.5 units)
BIOL7700E Biology Honours Research Project (4.5/22.5 units)
BIOL7710 Honours Critical Readings (4.5 units)
BIOL7720 Honours Grant Writing Skills (4.5 units)
STEM7001 Honours Research Methods (4.5 units)
While students are able to select elective units from anywhere across the University, these are recommended electives.
BIOD1102 Introduction to Biodiversity and Conservation (4.5 units)
BIOD2701 Biodiversity and Conservation (4.5 units)
BIOL1112 Biology and Society (4.5 units)
BIOL1301 Introduction to Marine Biology (4.5 units)
BIOL3703 Vertebrate Palaeontology (4.5 units)
CHEM1202 Chemistry for the Life Sciences (4.5 units)
EASC1101 Earth and Environmental Sciences (4.5 units)
EASC1102 Marine Sciences (4.5 units)
PSYC1101 Psychology 1A (4.5 units)
PSYC1102 Psychology 1B (4.5 units)
SCME1000 Film Form and Analysis (4.5 units)
SCME2001 Television: History and Theory (4.5 units)
STEM1002 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (4.5 units)
STEM1003 GIS Airborne and Ground Data Capture for all Disciplines (4.5 units)
STEM3003 Modelling in Space and Time, Geostatistics and GIS (4.5 units)
STEM3100 Research Project in Science (4.5 units)
SCME2102 Sex and Gender (4.5 units)
TOUR1101 Introduction to Tourism Studies (4.5 units)
TOUR1102 Interpretive Tour Guiding (4.5 units)
TOUR1103 Introduction to Events (4.5 units)
WMST2016 Indigenous Women’s Voices: Race, Gender and Colonialism (4.5 units)
WMST2017 Gender, Globalisation and International Development (4.5 units)
The Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Animal Behaviour) may also be studied in a combined degree program with another Bachelor degree in the College of Science and Engineeringwhere the combination meets the requirements of the credit transfer policy.
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