BIOSCI 735 : Advanced Behavioural Ecology
2021 Semester One (1213) (15 POINTS)
The theoretical topics we cover are tailored to class interests and expertise, and change every year since most activities are student-led. What will you and your classmates choose?
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 5:||Independence and Integrity|
|Capability 6:||Social and Environmental Responsibilities|
- Characterise the major research topics in the field of behavioural ecology (Capability 1)
- Analyse how biotic and abiotic selective pressures drive the evolution of adaptive behaviours (Capability 1 and 2)
- Critically evaluate and synthesise underlying theory, and experimental and methodological approaches in group work, mentor/mentee and individual contexts (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
- Lead and facilitate group learning activities, including presenting a scientific seminar, leading class discussions, and providing peer evaluation and feedback (Capability 2, 4 and 6)
- Research , critically evaluate and synthesise scientific publications to prepare a large literature review on an original and novel topic in behavioural ecology (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 5)
|Essay - meeting with staff||5%||Individual Coursework|
|Essay - outline||5%||Individual Coursework|
|Essay - full literature review||25%||Individual Coursework|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
|Essay - meeting with staff|
|Essay - outline|
|Essay - full literature review|
This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.
For this course, you can expect 2 hours of lectures, 3 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 5 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.
There is no exam, but there is weekly coursework which must be submitted before class each week, and requires considerable time to prepare. The major assignment is a literature review which requires extensive reading, an individual with one of the staff, and considerable writing time throughout the semester.
Attendance is required at the weekly 2-hour seminar, which involves student presentations and extensive class discussions. One meeting with a staff member to plan the major assignment (literature review) can be in-person, or by phone, or online.
The presentation and discussions are in class, in-person. The coursework and essay can be submitted online.
There is no exam.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.
A remote version of the course can be made available to students located overseas because of border restrictions, or those with an exemption to study remotely.
During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.
At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.
Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.
Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).
Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.
Weekly coursework requires the use of Perusall - a collaborative online reading platform. Each week, we will set up scientific papers (as chosen by the student presenters) in Perusall for all students to read, make comments, and ask and answer each other's questions. All students also choose one of the scientific papers, write a summary, and submit before class.
The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.
The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.
You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.
All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.
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This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.
In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.
Student Charter and Responsibilities
The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.
Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.
In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.