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 Biological Sciences, 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; NS = non-standard teaching period
Take all units (42 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1, S2BIOL4441Honours in Biological Sciences Research Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
S1, S2BIOL4446Honours in Biological Sciences Research Presentation Skills
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL5445 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 4
S1, S2BIOL5442Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Development
S1, S2BIOL5443Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Development, BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Dissertation Part 1
S1, S2BIOL5444Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Development, BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1, BIOL5443 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 2
S1, S2BIOL5445Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 4
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
or
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
or
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
Co-requisites:
BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Dissertation Part 1, BIOL5443 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Dissertation Part 2, BIOL5444 Honours in Biological Sciences Honours Research Dissertation Part 3
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Prerequisites:
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 nameUnit rules
NSANIM5502Evolutionary Biology
Prerequisites:
ANIM3362 Evolutionary Processes
and
ANIM3365 Behavioural Ecology
S1BIOL4405Invertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
a major in Zoology
or
equivalent,
or
approval of unit coordinator
S2BIOL4406Vertebrate Zoology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520)
or
the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
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 Behaviour
Prerequisites:
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 Genetics
Prerequisites:
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 Applications