AN BEHAV 3010RW - Advanced Applications in Animal Behaviour
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2020
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 14 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites Need to have completed 48 units towards the BSc (Animal Behaviour) program 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 as well as the broad, personal skills relevant to workplace settings. Training will be provided in career development skills and employability. 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. You will develop an understanding of the value of industry and 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 140 hour 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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 4, 6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1 - 6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1, 2, 6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1 - 6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1, 2, 5 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
1, 2, 4 - 6
Learning & Teaching Activities
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Learning Activities SummaryFor 2020 remote learning options may be negotiated with the Course Coordinator upon request. Work placement attendance is compulsory. An alternative workplace site would need be approved.
Lecture/Tutorials on employability and research skills.
At least 140 hours of time spent within an appropriate workplace relating to animal behaviour.
Participation in a research project relevant to the workplace.
Specific Course RequirementsIt will be compulsory for students to spend at least 140 hours in an approved workplace during this course.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- 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 Yes/No Learning Outcome Due Research activities and written and oral report Formative and summative 50% No 2, 4, 6 Written and oral reports due in Week 12 Internship diary Formative and summative 35% No 1, 2, 3 Fortnightly over the course of the semester Online quizzes Formative and summative 10% No 1, 5 Weeks 1-4 Host organisation supervisor feedback Summative 5% No 2, 5 End of semester
Assessment DetailResearch activities and Report – 50%
Focussing on advanced animal behaviour topics, students will develop research questions and methods, complete the research and analyse and present the results in a written report of at least 2000-2500 words (40% course grade). Students will also present their study in a 10 minute oral presentation worth 10% of the course grade.
Due Date: Various dates
Internship Diary - 35%
Students are required to complete an approved placement of at least 140 hours at a site relevant to animal behaviour.
Due Date: Fortnightly diary entries of up to 500 words that describe workplace activities and provide a personal reflection– A total of 6 entries); due on specific dates outlined in Course Handbook. Feedback will be provided after each diary entry.
Online 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.
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 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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