The Greatest Show on the Planet
BIOL122 is a suitable introductory science course for all students. It offers an integrative approach to the amazing world of behaviour. Basic mechanisms are covered, together with function and evolution. Lecture topics include micro- and macro-evolution, evolutionary origins of behaviour, basic neuroscience, learning, brain and behaviour, and topics in animal behaviour. Lectures culminate with some reflections on the lives of humans in our modern world and the role of culture in human evolution.
Questions and requests about this course should be directed to the course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
3 credit points Semester 2, 2017, internal offering
Tuesdays 2–4 p.m. in Lotus Theatre
Practicals take place at E5A 220, every 2 weeks on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:00-18:00. Most will attend in even weeks (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12), while some will attend in odd weeks (3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13). Details of pracs will be supplied at each prac.
You must wear closed-in shoes to pracs. And no food or drink is allowed in labs for pracs.
Bring your laptop if you have one: you can use it during pracs and our supply is limited.
It is now University policy that the University issued email account will be used for official University communication. All students are required to access their University account frequently.
The required textbook is custom made for the course, called Biological Basis of Behaviour, 5th edition compiled by Ken Cheng, published by McGraw-Hill, 2016, ISBN-10 1-30-897443-4, ISBN-13 978-1-30-897443-9. We recommend that you get this newest version, as new material has been added, in the form of two chapters written by Ken Cheng.
The relevant chapters for each week are listed on the unit’s iLearn page.
An electronic version of the text (in colour and cheaper than the black-and-white hard copy) may be purchased from the publisher: http://www.mheducation.com.au/biological-basis-of-behaviour. Support from McGraw-Hill: www.mhhe.com/support.
What is new this year?
Except for two recorded guest lectures, Ken Cheng is giving all the lectures this year. Hopefully, this will give a unified voice to the lectures. The textbook has been updated, with new chapters written by Ken Cheng on history and on writing. The lecture contents, however, stay similar, with the usual updates from year to year. If anything can be said, more infotainment is being injected into lectures. The formats for assignments have stayed similar, but assigments have been updated in the usual renewal of materials from year to year.
Ken Cheng Dept. of Biological Sciences email@example.com 98508613
E8B 111 Consultation by appointment
Guest lecturers (recorded lectures)
Greg Downey Department of Anthropology firstname.lastname@example.org
Danielle Sulikowski Department of Psychology, Charles Sturt University
Cody Freas email@example.com
Susie Hewlett Susie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Plath email@example.com
Kaja Wierucka firstname.lastname@example.org