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Comments about Animal Behaviour Diploma - Online
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.
There are no entry requirements for this course, the students just need to be committed to follow the guidelines of the course.
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.
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