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Animal Behaviour (6 points)


Leader: Associate Professor Alan Lill

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This subject examines how genetic and environmental effects (physical and social) underlie behavioural variation in animals and how the evolution, neural and hormonal regulation and development of such variation can be studied. It examines how the foraging, predatory, reproductive and social behaviour of animals promotes their survival and gene replication in the environments in which they have evolved. Animal communication is discussed in terms of the mechanisms used, the optimisation of information transfer and the evolution of signalling strategies.

Assessment: Examination (2.5 hours): 50% + Project Report: 35% + Group project seminar: 15%

Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures and 3 hours practical work per week

Prerequisites: 12 points from level 2 BOT/ZOO/BIO

Prohibitions: ZOO3022

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