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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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- 24 Jul 2023
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- Describe the basic functioning of the nervous system in animals, including the senses
- Explain the principles of evolution by natural selection and sexual selection
- 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
- Understand collected scientific data including those presented in graphic form
- Extract key points from scientific papers and other forms of presentation and accurately communicate these to a general audience
- Comment critically on scientific papers and other forms of presentation with regard to life on our planet today
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
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-Biological Basis of Behaviour (No longer available)
NCCW (pre-2020 units): SCI140, BIOL122, BBE100, BIOX122 NCCW (2020 and onwards): BIOL1320 Biological Basis of Behaviour
- 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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This unit is suitable for all students interested in behaviour. It covers a range of topics relevant to today's society in a manner accessible to all students. Basic mechanisms are covered, together with function and evolution. Lecture topics include explanations of behaviour, evolution, evolutionary origins of behaviour, basic neuroscience, perception, learning, brain and behaviour, and topics in animal behaviour. Lectures culminate with some reflections on the lives of humans in our modern world and the role of culture in human evolution.
- Article Summary (4%)
- Participation in pracs (5%)
- Brief comments (2%)
- Final Examination (35%)
- Final Commentary (24%)
- Lab 2 Quiz (2%)
- Draft Commentary (1%)
- Quizzes in Textbook (27%)
Current study term: 23 Jul 23 to 05 Nov 23
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