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Behaviour of Farm & Companion Animals (ANSC90005)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeANSC90005
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Formerly BIOL90024

This subject aims to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the study of the research methods of animal behaviour; domestic animal behaviour, its causation and its biological function; and the application of animal behaviour principles to animal behaviour problems.

The topics covered will include:

  • Describing, recording and measuring behaviour
  • Development of behaviour
  • Stimuli and communication
  • Motivation and decision making
  • Learning and memory
  • Genetic influences on behaviour
  • Hormonal and neural influences on behaviour
  • Social behaviour, including sexual behaviour, maternal behaviour and dam-neonate interactions
  • Behavioural problems

Intended learning outcomes

The objectives of this subject are to:

  • Extend the student's knowledge of the content covered in Applied Animal Behaviour subjects in the undergraduate programs
  • Provide students with a knowledge and understanding of applied animal behaviour that can be applied effectively in farm, companion, zoo and laboratory animal research, management, care and production

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Academic excellence
  • Greater in-depth understanding of scientific disciplines of animal behaviour

The student will develop:

  • Critical thinking and analysis, and problem solving
  • Flexibility and level of transferable skills should be enhanced through improved ability to communicate ideas effectively in both written and verbal formats

Last updated: 3 April 2019