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Warning! This unit contains mature content and may not be suitable for some students. Any student under the age of 16 who would like to enrol in this unit must first complete a Parental Consent Form.

Subject details

  • Topics
    • Overview
    • How science 'works'
    • Ethics
    • Good study habits
    • Brief history
    • Different explanations of behaviour
    • Evolution
    • Genetics and epigenetics
    • Nervous system
    • Senses
    • Perception
    • Learning
    • Animal behaviour
    • Communication
    • Sexual selection
    • Human evolution
    • Topics on evolution and human behaviour
    • Review
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Quizzes
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject students will:

  1. be able to think critically about explanations of behaviour
  2. have a basic understanding of evolutionary processes
  3. have a basic understanding of how the brain works.
  • Assignment 1 - Assignment 1 — Lab exercise 1 (6%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment 2 — Lab exercise 2 (6%)
  • Assignment 3 - Commentary (24%)
  • Assignment 4 - Invigilated Exam (46%)
  • Assignment 5 - Quiz — Based on review questions (18%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-SCI140
  • MAQ-PSY140

Special requirements

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.

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