Animal Behaviour (2024)

Animal Behaviour is the study of behaviour patterns in animals (including humans), and of how the behaviour of individuals helps to determine the density and distribution of populations. A knowledge of animal behaviour is of increasing importance in areas such as evolutionary biology, conservation biology, and the efficient and humane management of farm animals.

Animal Behaviour is available as a minor.

To complete a minor in Animal Behaviour, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed below, including BIOEB200, BIOEB301 and a further 30 points.

Note: There will be no new enrolments into the Animal Behaviour major from 2018. Students who commenced a major in Animal Behaviour in 2017 or prior should contact the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science for advice.

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  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    BIOEB102Introduction to Ecology and Biodiversity - Mātai Hauropi a Kanorau Koiora15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
    An introduction to the principles of ecology and biodiversity. Topics include population, community and ecosystem ecology, conservation biology, and the structure, functioning and environmental responses of animals and plants. Examples will include New Zealand ecosystems and biota. He whakataki tenei pepa i nga matapono o te matai ...
    PSYCH100Brain, Behaviour and Cognition15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces perceptual systems, mechanisms of learning, emotions and motivation, the biological basis of psychology, such as brain structure and functioning, processes underlying behaviour, memory and cognition.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    BIOEB200Behavioural Ecology & Conservation15.024B (Hamilton)
    The paper provides an introduction to the principles and concepts of behavioural ecology, and to the application of these to case studies in conservation biology in New Zealand.
    BIOEB203Animal Structure and Function15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
    This paper is an integrated theoretical and experimental study of the principles of animal structure and function. Comparative aspects will be emphasised in how animals adapt to their environment. Topics covered include homeostasis, the function of major organ systems, ecophysiology, musculoskeletal design and locomotion. An introd...
    PSYCH204Learning and Perception15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
    This course is intended to give students an introduction to behavioural psychology and to the psychology of perception. Students will learn about the philosophy behind the behavioural approach to psychology, the basic principles of behaviour analysis, and how those principles can be applied to issues of clinical and community impor...
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    BIOEB301Advanced Animal Behaviour15.024B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the development, causation, function and evolutionary history of vertebrate and invertebrate behaviour. A weekend field trip and an ongoing group research project throughout the trimester allow participants to develop their research skills.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    BIOEB501Applications of Animal Behaviour15.024B (Hamilton)
    This paper will critically examine key research topics and current issues in Animal behaviour. We learn about key concepts through classic papers in Animal Behaviour and contrast these with current papers to assess how these concepts have developed over time, and how researchers use innovative approaches to address long standing pr...

2024 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 27 February 2024 10:33am

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