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Biological Basis of Behaviour
Venture into the animal kingdom. Track how genes and environment influence the function and evolution of animal behaviour. Study genetics. Sense how people and animals communicate. Reflect on human life today and the role of culture in evolution.
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At the completion of this subject students will:
- be able to think critically about explanations of behaviour
- have a basic understanding of evolutionary processes
- have a basic understanding of how the brain works.
- How science 'works'
- Good study habits
- Brief history
- Different explanations of behaviour
- Genetics and epigenetics
- Nervous system
- Animal behaviour
- Sexual selection
- Human evolution
- Topics on evolution and human behaviour
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
No special requirements
This subject was previously known as SCI140 Introduction to Brain, Behaviour and Evolution.
The Greatest Show on the Planet. This subject is a suitable introductory science subject for all students. It offers an integrative approach to the amazing world of animal behaviour. Basic mechanisms are covered, together with function and evolution. Scientific literacy about key ideas in the life sciences is an aim of the subject, which is delivered with engaging and colourful lectures and practicals. Such ideas include evolution, sex, genetics, how our brain works, sensing the world and animal communication. The subject culminates with some reflections on the lives of humans in our modern world and the role of culture in human evolution.
- Assignment 1 — Lab exercise 1 (6%)
- Assignment 2 — Lab exercise 2 (6%)
- Commentary (24%)
- Invigilated Exam (46%)
- Quiz — Based on review questions (18%)