AN BEHAV 3010RW - Advanced Applications in Animal Behaviour
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code AN BEHAV 3010RW Course Advanced Applications in Animal Behaviour Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s Roseworthy Campus Units 6 Contact up to 15 h per week , the placement component is a total 120 hours typically done over 8 weeks Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites (ANIML SC 1015RW and ANIML SC 2520RW and AN BEHAV 2000RW) Restrictions Available to BSc (Animal Behaviour) students only Course Description Both the coursework and work integrated components of this capstone course will allow you to build and apply your animal behaviour discipline-specific skills, your research skills as well as personal skills relevant to workplace settings.. Included within the course is a research component for you to produce original work which strengthens and demonstrates your analytical, research and problem-solving skills; graduate-ready qualities that are essential for future employment.
During your placement, you will develop an understanding of the value of animal behaviour knowledge to the relevant industry. Training will be provided in career development skills and employability, and how to build professional networks and their importance to lifelong learning and career progression. Associated with this; you will learn how to create a professional profile so that you can identify the correct job opportunity, get that job and shape your career progression. This capstone will directly add to your experiences and resume while consolidating your confidence and the ability to contribute to a workplace. Throughout this course, which includes a 120hour placement, you will gain an awareness of the strengths you offer to a future employer.
Course Coordinator: Dr Stephan Leu
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Identify skills and capabilities that intersect effectively with the needs of industry in the area of animal behaviour. 2 Apply and practice good communication skills in a variety of professional and/or cultural contexts. 3 Reflect and evaluate on the animal behaviour workplace experiences that might lead to future employment. 4 Use communication and presentation skills to provide reports and presentations in line with current professional standards. 5 Identify personal abilities and thereby be in a position to plan a career pathway in the area of animal behaviour and construct the required profile demonstrating the necessary employability attributes. 6 Develop research goals in association with the needs of industry, and perform, analyse and communicate that research.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
1, 4, 6
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
1 - 6
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
1, 2, 6
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
1 - 6
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
1, 2, 5
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
1, 2, 4 - 6
Recommended ResourcesThis will be discussed during the course.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will provide a mixture of lectures, workshops, tutorials and work placement.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.This is 6 unit course. A student enrolled in a 6 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 24 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g.,lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities SummaryThe course includes a work placement. There is a series of lectures and workshops in preperation of the work placement. These cover research skills in animal behaviour, career development skills and topics on employability. Students will design and then conduct a research project that relates to the workplace they will be placed at. Feedback and help sessions are provided.
Specific Course RequirementsIt will be compulsory for students to spend at least 120 hours in an approved workplace during this course.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle?
Learning Outcome Due Online quizzes Formative and summative 10% No 1, 5 Weeks 1 - 4 Research activities (e.g. proposal, presentation, written report) Formative and summative 60% No 2, 4, 6 Proposal due week 4.
Presentation and written reports due in week 12.
Internship diary Formative and summative 25% No 1, 2, 3 Weeks 6 and 12 Host organisation supervisor feedback Summative 5% No 2, 5 End of semester
Assessment DetailOnline quizzes - 10%
Quizzes completed online based on materials provided to prepare students in professional skills in the workplace and the research component of their internship.
Research activities and Report – 60%
Focussing on advanced animal behaviour topics, students will develop research questions and methods, complete the research and analyse and present the results. Students will prepare a research proposal of at least 1000-1500 words (10% course grade), and present their study in either an up to 10 minute oral presentation or a poster presentation (10% course grade). The presentation type for individual students will be conveyed at the start of the course. Students will also present the results in a written report of at least 2000-2500 words (40% course grade).
Due Date: Various dates
Internship Diary - 25%
Students are required to complete an approved placement of at least 120 hours at a site relevant to animal behaviour. Students will write two diary entries of up to 1000 words that describe workplace activities and provide a personal reflection.
Due Date: outlined in Course Handbook. One diary will be due at an early stage of the placement (approx. week 6), the other one at a later stage (approx. week 12).
Host organisation Supervisor feedback 5%
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted, then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension will be marked and 50% deducted. Hence, it can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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