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199.330 Ornithology (15 credits)

The evolution, taxonomy, morphology and behaviour of birds. Recognition of New Zealand birds by sight and sound. Practical work includes dissection and analyses of plumage colouration and vocalisations.

Details Details

  • Year: 2020
  • Mode: Internal
  • Semester: Semester One full semester
  • Location: Manawatu Campus
  • Coordinator: A/Pro Phil Battley
  • Subject: Zoology
  • College: College of Sciences

Online component Details

  • Online component: Partially Taught Online - As part of the course is taught online, Broadband access is required. In addition to accessing the Course Guide, students will be required to access core and supplementary digital study resources, contribute to discussion fora and complete online activities and assessment tasks. Core study resources that can be published in print will be supplied to the students who request them. Learn more about Stream, our online learning environment.

Requirements Requirements help


  • Start Date: Monday 24 February, 2020
  • End date: Sunday 21 June, 2020

Withdrawal dates Requirements help

The last day to withdraw from this course:

  • Without financial penalty: Friday 6 March, 2020
  • Without academic penalty: Thursday 21 May, 2020


Course fees for 2020

  • Domestic Students: NZD $862.50 *
  • International Students NZD $4,097.50 *

* This fee information is for estimation purposes only and includes New Zealand Goods and Services Tax. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. The estimate does not include non-tuition fees. To view an estimate showing both tuition and non-tuition fees use the Fees Calculator. These fees only apply to 2020 enrolments. Domestic students may be eligible for free fees in their first year.

Learning outcomes Details

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Recognise, identify and give the primary classification of the major avian groups.
  2. Recognise and identify the species of New Zealand birds by sight and sound.
  3. Describe current understanding of the evolutionary origins and contemporary diversity of birds.
  4. Describe the internal and external anatomy of birds and be able to relate form to function.
  5. Describe how birds move, feed, reproduce, survive, and perceive their environment.
  6. Record and analyse avian moults, plumage colours and vocalisations.
  7. Discuss the range of adaptive features shown across avian groups.

Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

Assessments Details

During this course, the following assessments will contribute to your final mark.

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
1 Test 1,3,4,5 15.0%
2 Written Assignment 4,6 15.0%
3 Written Assignment 5,7 10.0%
4 Test 2 10.0%
5 Exam (centrally scheduled) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 50.0%

Please note: Assessment weightings are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

* Specific dates for assessments will be finalised in information provided on Stream at the start of the Course.

Completion requirements

Attend all laboratory sessions and all tests.


It is recommended that textbooks are purchased no sooner than 7 weeks prior to the semester start date as textbooks can be subject to change.

  • There are no set texts for this course.

Bennetts Bookshop stocks textbooks and legislation. Current second-hand textbooks are also bought and sold. For more information visit Bennett's Online Books

Class timetable

The class timetable displays all available class times for this offering. Once you have enrolled in a course, you can access the student portal and select which of these class times you wish to attend.

Requirement(s): Each student should take 2 hour(s) of Lecture(s), 1 hour(s) of Tutorial(s) and 3 hour(s) of Laboratory class(es) per week.

Lecture (All students)
Monday 12:00 - 13:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 09:00

Tutorial (All students)
Tuesday 08:00 - 09:00

Laboratory (Lab 1)
Friday 09:00 - 12:00

Laboratory (Lab 2)
Friday 13:00 - 16:00

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