Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2017 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Department: School of Biological Sciences

Subject Information
Subject Code BIOL252
Subject Name Evolution and Behaviour
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites BIOL103, BIOL104, BIOL105
Co-Requisites Nil
Restrictions Nil
Equivalence BIOL852
Assessment Computer Simulation 10%, Analysing behaviour Assessment 10%; Group project seminar 10%; Group project report 20%; Final exam 50%.
General Subject No.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
329-Bachelor of Economics and Finance-Bachelor of Laws
336-Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - Bachelor of Laws
340-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
351-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775M-Course information not Found
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information Students enrol in Tutorials online via the Tutorial Enrolment link in SOLS.

Subject Availability
Session Spring  (24-07-2017 to 16-11-2017)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 2 hrs Lecture/ 3 hrs Practical
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
David Ayre
Phillip Byrne
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Phillip Byrne
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-08-2017

Subject Description
Students will investigate the key concepts of evolutionary theory, selection, drift, mutation, gene expression and inheritance, plasticity and canalization, factors changing frequencies, mating systems, sexual selection, mate choice, sociality, life history strategies and trade-offs.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Describe differences among individual organisms in populations are underpinned by the processes of mutation, gene expression and plasticity;
2. Described the patterns of inheritance of genetic characteristics, and use appropriate data to infer patterns of inheritance;
3. Explain how breeding experiments can be used to confirm the principles of Mendelian inheritance;
4. Explain how changes in the genetic structures of populations are associated with population size, breeding system, and the process of selection;
5. Apply computer-based mathematical models to make predictions and test hypotheses about genetic changes in populations;
6. Demonstrate appreciation of the diversity of behaviours displayed by animals, and appreciate the difference between innate and learned behaviour;
7. Describe the proximate causes of behaviour, including the genetic basis of behaviour, the neural and hormonal control of behaviour, and the organization of behaviour;
8. Describe how behaviour develops over an animalís lifetime, and recognise that these changes are the outcomes of an individualís genes and experience;
9. Grasp the concept that selective pressures resulting from challenging social and physical environments drive the evolution of animal behaviour;
10. Demonstrate appreciation of the existence of various types of behaviour, including movement and migration behaviour, anti-predatory behaviour, parental-care behaviour, communication behaviour and sexual behaviour;
11. Design experiments to test whether behaviour is adaptive.

Extra Information
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NOTE: The use of animals, animal tissues or animal-derived products (such as sera) is inherent and unavoidable, in order to achieve specific learning objectives. Students with conscientious objections to that use should not enrol in this subject.

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