UWA Handbook 2017

Honours course

Honours in Zoology

The course for Honours in Zoology is a blend of coursework and research project work designed to introduce the student to the world of research on animals. It equips them with the skills and flexibility of outlook needed to deal with rapidly changing technologies and to lead them into habits of critical thinking, problem analysis and public presentation which would serve in any leadership role. Each of the stages of development of a research project through which the student is guided in the units is given immediate application in the formulation and development of the student's own project. The combination of formal study and practical experience offered by the course prepares students for entry into postgraduate academic research programs, and into workplaces including but not limited to environmental consultancy or local and national government research agencies.

Students develop skills of logical and creative thinking and writing in English through exposure to a range of research projects via seminars, the guided formulation of a research proposal, and the iterative cycle of production–feedback–review–refinement involved in the writing of a research paper. Cycles of broader research seminar attendance and critiquing help to develop the capacity to question accepted wisdom and to develop cultural literacy.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) develop disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge and skills through study and research-based enquiry, at internationally recognised levels of excellence; (2) develop skills required for self learning which will stay with them through life, by being immersed within the research culture of the School of Animal Biology, and its research divisions; (3) develop personal, social and ethical awareness in an international context through participation as a collegiate part of an honours cohort within the School; and (4) communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately in a range of contexts.

Entry requirements: A weighted average mark of at least 65 percent in the Level 3 units of the Zoology major; or equivalent, as recognised by UWA.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Take all units (42 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1, S2ANIM4005Zoology Research Presentation SkillsPrerequisites: enrolment in Zoology honours specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) (HON-CONBI Conservation Biology) (HON-MARSC Marine Science)
Co-requisites: ANIM5003 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 3, ANIM5004 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 4
S1, S2ANIM4006Zoology Research DevelopmentPrerequisites: enrolment in Zoology honours specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) (HON-CONBI Conservation Biology) (HON-MARSC Marine Science)
Co-requisites: ANIM5001 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 1
S1, S2ANIM5001Zoology Research Dissertation Part 1Prerequisites: enrolment in Zoology honours specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) or (HON-CONBI Conservation Biology) or (HON-MARSC Marine Science)
Co-requisites: ANIM4006 Zoology Research Development, ANIM5002 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 2
Incompatibility: ANIM5004 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 4
S1, S2ANIM5002Zoology Research Dissertation Part 2Prerequisites: enrolment in Zoology honours specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) (HON-CONBI Conservation Biology) (HON-MARSC Marine Science)
Co-requisites: ANIM5001 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 1
S1, S2ANIM5003Zoology Research Dissertation Part 3Prerequisites: enrolment in Bachelor of Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) in Zoology or Conservation Biology or Marine Science
Co-requisites: ANIM5004 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 4
S1, S2ANIM5004Zoology Research Dissertation Part 4Prerequisites: enrolment in Zoology honours specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites: ANIM4405 Zoology Communicating Science, ANIM5003 Zoology Research Dissertation Part 3
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural SciencesPrerequisites: enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours; STAT1400 Statistics for Science or STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics or STAT2210 Biometrics 1 or SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis or SCIE4401 Data Use in the Natural Sciences
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
NSANIM5502Evolutionary BiologyPrerequisites: ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes and ANIM3365 Behavioural Ecology
N/ABIOL4404Experimental ZoologyPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1BIOL4405Invertebrate ZoologyPrerequisites: a major in Zoology or equivalent, or approval of unit coordinator
S2BIOL4406Vertebrate ZoologyPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL4408Marine EcologyPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes or equivalent
NSBIOL5505Marine Neuroecology and BehaviourPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL5542Conservation GeneticsPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems ApplicationsNone