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Animal Behaviour Diploma - Distance

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  • Objectives
    On completion of the course students will be able to understand and appreciate a wide variety of the behaviour exhibited by animals in the wild and to a certain extent in the domestic environment. Students will develop an enlightened respect for animals through their diversity and behaviour.

    The student will receive a thorough grounding in the principles detailed in the programme below.
  • Entry requirements
    There are no entry requirements for this course, the students just need to be committed to follow the guidelines of the course.
  • Academic Title
    On successful completion of all of the assignments students will receive a UK Open Learning Diploma in Animal Behaviour.

    According to national framework guidelines, the course is deemed to be Level 2 by the Institute for Animal Care Education.
  • Course description

    Module 1: Developing and Learning

    Lesson 1: The animal at play
    • To enable the students to understand the dangers of play behaviour in an animal’s natural environment and to demonstrate how the risks are often outweighed by the benefits of play.
    • To instruct the student on the primary reasons why play behaviour occurs
    • To present to the student, examples of the diversity of play.
    • To enable the student to recognize and appreciate the differences between carnivorous and herbivorous play behaviour.
    • To explore the primary differences between play behaviour in makes and play behaviour in females.

    Lesson 2: The Learning Process
    • To demonstrate to the student the basic principles of the learning process in associative and non-associative learning
    • To enable the processes of habituation and sensitation
    • To demonstrate the relevance and form of cultural behaviour with regard to animal behaviour
    • To enable the student to appreciate the decay and the interference theory as type of neural programming
    • To introduce the student to the theories of filial and sexual imprinting and develop an understanding of their relevance

    Lesson 3: The Development of Behaviour
    • To introduce the student to the basic concepts of instincts, evolution and genetics
    • To enable the student to appreciate the relevance of early post natal behaviour
    • To provide an introduction to the revelvane of social behaviour and dominance in social animals, with a view to building upon this later on in the course.
    • To explore the development of behaviour in its entirety and not as separate entities working in isolation

    Lesson 4: Genetics and Behaviour
    • To enable the student to appreciate the behavioural changes that can occur due to genetic changes
    • To introduce the student to an develop an understanding of the terms genotype and phenotype
    • To raise awareness of the behavioural abnormalities caused by abnormalities in the sex chromosomes
    • To explore (through discussion) the genetic flexibility of the domestic dog

    Module 2: Reproductive Behaviour

    Lesson 5: Seasonal Breeding
    • To enable the student to understand the primary reasons why animals exhibit seasonal breeding
    • To present continuous, opportunist, long day and short day breeders to the student, and enable the student to appreciate the reproductive characteristics of these groups.
    • To introduce the student to the theories of photoperiodism and ciracadian rhythms, with reference to seasonal breeding and melatonin

    Lesson 6: Migratory Behaviour
    • To demonstrate to the student the reasons why animals migrate
    • To explore the concepts of biological equilibrium
    • To develop an understanding of the role of the circadian rhythm in migratory behaviour
    • To enable the student to appreciate how the circadian and circannual rhythms can work together in controlling the avian migratory urge
    • Instruct the student on the methods employed in avian navigation

    Lesson 7: Migratory Behaviour
    • To enable the student to understand the process of dispersal migration
    • To explore the migration of the monarch butterfly as an example of non dispersal insect migration
    • To develop an awareness as to the diversity of animal migration generally

    Lesson 8: The Mating Game
    • To enable the student to understand the advantaged and disadvantages of sexual and asexual reproduction, the nature of the male and female gametes and the consequences for mate choice
    • To demonstrate the criteria for mate choice, and appreciate the consequences if intersexual and intrasexual selection

    Module 3: Social Behaviour

    Lesson 9: Territoriality and Aggression
    • To develop an understanding of the primary reasons for aggression and ritualized fighting in the animal kingdom
    • To demonstrate the consequences ofritualised fighting
    • To explore the principles of the dominance hierarchy

    Less on 10: Communication and Social Behaviour (1)
    • To enable the student to recognize the principle components of animal communication
    • To demonstrate the graded and discrete signals used in animal communication
    • To enable the student to appreciate the primary roles of communication and recognition in animal communication

    Lesson 11: Communication and Social Behaviour (2)
    • To enable the student to understand why animals congregate in order to survive
    • To explore flock size and food availability
    • To introduce the student to the theories of social facilitation and local enhancement
    • To present the student with the reasons why animals roost together

    Lesson 12: Our Companions
    • To explore the widespread popularity of pet ownership
    • To enable the student to understand the need to nurture and the advantages of having such a need
    • To demonstrate the modern trends of pet ownership and its influences

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