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Biological Basis of Behaviour

Undergraduate | MAQ-BIOX1320 | 2024

Previously MAQ-BIOX122

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. 

Study method
100% online
Subject may require attendance
Enrol by
14 July 2024
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks
Start dates
22 July 2024

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Biological Basis of Behaviour

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

    1. Describe the basic functioning of the nervous system in animals, including the senses
    2. Explain the principles of evolution by natural selection and sexual selection
    3. Understand basic concepts and principles in genetics, epigenetics, perception, learning, human evolution, explanations in animal behaviour, and the topics on the nature of science, ethics, study skills, animal behaviour and on evolution and human behaviour presented in the unit
    4. Understand collected scientific data including those presented in graphic form
    5. Extract key points from scientific papers and other forms of presentation and accurately communicate these to a general audience
    6. Comment critically on scientific papers and other forms of presentation with regard to life on our planet today

Entry requirements

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-SCI140 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-BIOX122 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units): SCI140, BIOL122, BBE100, BIOX122
NCCW (2020 and onwards): BIOL1320 Biological Basis of Behaviour

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements - Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Science

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Bachelor of Arts

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