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 in Zoology can be taken as a specialisation in the following degrees:

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period
Take all units from this group (38 points).
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1, S2BIOL4446Honours in Biological Sciences Research Presentation Skills
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) SPC-Botany
or
SPC-Conservation Biology
or
SPC-Zoology
or
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) BIOL5445 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 4 (ID 6632)
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2BIOL5442Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-BOTNY Botany
or
HON-CONBI Conservation Biology (ID 1379)
or
HON-MARSC Marine Science (ID 1400)
or
HON-ZOOLY Zoology (ID 1393)
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Development (ID 6625)
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2BIOL5443Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 2
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-BOTNY Botany
or
HON-CONBI Conservation Biology (ID 1379)
or
HON-MARSC Marine Science (ID 1400)
or
HON-ZOOLY Zoology (ID 1393)
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Development (ID 6625) And BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1 (ID 6627)
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2BIOL5444Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 3
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-BOTNY Botany
or
HON-CONBI Conservation Biology (ID 1379)
or
HON-MARSC Marine Science (ID 1400)
or
HON-ZOOLY Zoology (ID 1393)
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) BIOL4441 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Development (ID 6625) And Unit(s) BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1 (ID 6627) And Unit(s) BIOL5443 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 2 (ID 6629)
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2BIOL5445Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 4
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-BOTNY Botany
or
HON-CONBI Conservation Biology (ID 1379)
or
HON-MARSC Marine Science (ID 1400)
or
HON-ZOOLY Zoology (ID 1393)
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
Or
Enrolment in Unit(s) BIOL5442 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 1 (ID 6627) And BIOL5443 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 2 (ID 6629) And BIOL5444 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 3 (ID 6630)
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2SCIE4402Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in HON-CONBI Conservation Biology
or
HON-ZOOLY Zoology
or
HON-BOTNY Botany
or
HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science
or
HON-ENVSC Environmental Science
or
HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management
or
HON-MARSC Marine Science
or
72510 Master of Agricultural Science
or
72520 Master of Biological Science
or
72530 Master of Environmental Science
or
72540 Master of Hydrogeology
or
73530 Master of Agricultural Economics
or
70550 Master of Bioinformatics
or
74230 Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics
or
74540 Master of Marine Biology and Successful completion of one Unit(s) STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or
Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
or
Unit(s) SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
or
Unit(s) SCIE4401 Data Use in Science
or
Unit(s) ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1ANIM4410Animal Identification
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165)
or
HON-ZOOLY Zoology (ID 1393)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2ANIM5110Biology of Australian marsupials
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165)
or
HON-ZOOLY Zoology (ID 1393)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2ANIM5502Evolutionary Biology
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165)
or
HON-ZOOLY Zoology (ID 1393)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165)
or
70630 Master of Science (ID 202)
or
Of BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4)
or
74540 Master of Marine Biology (ID 1902)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1BIOL4410Environmental Genomics
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of level 2 Unit(s) in genetics
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2BIOL5301Big Data, Modelling and Meta-analysis in Biology, Conservation and the Environment
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
or
Enrolment in Unit(s) SCIE4402 Data Management and Analysis in the Natural Sciences (ID 2211)
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2BIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72520 Master of Biological Science
or
71580 Master of Biotechnology
or
71570 Master of Geographic Information Science
or
BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Successful completion of one Unit(s) GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I
or
Unit(s) GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems (ID 1384)