To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) – 1 year.
Specialisations have different admission requirements to other programs of study available in the Bachelor of Science (Honours). In order to undertake a Specialisation students must be admitted to the Specialisation program. The name of the Specialisation will be on the transcript and parchment.
A student who has completed all the requirements of the Bachelor of Science with a specialisation in Animal Behaviour, or completed another qualification which the Faculty Board agrees is equivalent, may be accepted for admission to the honours program provided a sufficiently high standard has been achieved in fulfilling the requirements of the bachelors degree.
As well as the student's undergraduate record the availability of an academic supervisor for the research project will be taken into account.
The course aims to provide students with advanced skills that are required for planning, funding and carrying out research projects in a specific area within the broad discipline of biology. It also aims to develop a range of transferable research, analytical and communication skills including the capacity to:
- understand and apply relevant scientific principles
- retrieve and present scientific information, including communicating effectively with a variety of audiences in written and spoken form
- critically analyse and evaluate information and solve problems
- analyse and evaluate data, appreciate the multidisciplinary aspect of the science disciplines and engage positively with people and ideas beyond their own discipline area
- use information technology, work independently and take responsibility for updating and adapting their knowledge and skills
- appreciate the role of science in society, the regulatory framework within which it operates and the ethical issues it raises.
The course provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study in disciplines related to biological science or for a career in a science-related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.
Graduates of the course are expected to be able to do the following, in their chosen area of specialisation:
- critically analyse the scientific literature and use this as a basis for planning research projects
- understand how scientific research is funded
- formulate hypothesises and design appropriate experiments to test them
- use appropriate methods, techniques, equipment and instrumentation to ethically collect scientific data
- use appropriate statistical methods to analyse scientific data
- communicate their findings to a variety of audiences in written and spoken form.
To qualify for the Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour) (Honours) a student must complete 36 units, with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.
Core - Honours Year topics
36 units comprising:
BIOL7700A Biology Honours Research Project (4.5/22.5 units)
BIOL7700B Biology Honours Research Project (4.5/22.5 units)
BIOL7700C Biology Honours Research Project (4.5/22.5 units)
BIOL7700D Biology Honours Research Project (4.5/22.5 units)
BIOL7700E Biology Honours Research Project (4.5/22.5 units)
BIOL7710 Honours Critical Readings (4.5 units)
BIOL7720 Honours Grant Writing Skills (4.5 units)
BIOL7730 Honours Scientific Methods and Data Presentation (4.5 units)
or other topics approved by the Honours Committee, appropriate to a student's program.