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SLE371 - Human and Animal Navigation

Unit details


2017 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in S369.  For students enrolled in S323 Bachelor of Biomedical Science and S320 Bachelor of Science (and all other students), enrolment is via application and requires approval of the Unit Chair.

Unit chair:

Andy Bennett


At least two level 2 SLE-coded units



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour class per week during weeks 1, 2 and 5 and 9-11, one week field trip during the intra trimester break in August 2017 (14 – 20 August)




There is a cap on student enrolment numbers in this unit. Students are required to meet their personal expenses while participating in fieldtrip activities.  The cost of the field trip is approximately $180 per person (subject to change).


SLE371 will provide students with the opportunity to study the principles of human and animal navigation.  The unit features a seven day field trip in Victoria during the intra-trimester break where there will be immersive teaching and the great majority of the teaching and learning will occur.  Students will explore the theory of human and animal navigation in classes, and then experience and test them via activities, observations and experiments on free living animals (e.g. humans, birds, and invertebrates) and cues used by animals and humans. During the field trip, students will also benefit from camaraderie of living and working with other researchers under field conditions with a view to developing enhanced interpersonal, intrapersonal, teamwork and communication skills. The fieldtrip also lends itself towards students developing knowledge and passion for studying animal behaviour and ecology that only comes from working in the field with wild animals.


2 x scientific papers (15% each) 30%, group oral presentation 10%, examination 60%

Unit Fee Information

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