Animal Behaviour Course (Distance Education)
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Animal Behaviour Course –
Animals do share some behavioural characteristics with people but it can be dangerous to assume too much similarity. Animal behaviour is far less affected by choices reached through reasoning.
This course is relevant to pet owners, veterinary assistants, or people who work with animals (eg. on farms, zoos, pet shops, horse trainers, etc). In understanding animal behaviour, we extend our basis for understanding human behaviour, and as such, the course may also be valuable for anyone studying general psychology.
Duration: 100 Hours (Nominal Duration).
There are eight lessons in this course:
1. Introduction: Influences and motivation.
• What is behaviour Purpose of Animal behaviour
• What motivates behaviours
• Behaviour types (Reactive, Active, Cognitive)
• Learned Behaviours (Classic conditioning, Reinforcement, Extinction, Operant Conditioning, Skinners experiments
• Other influences (external stimuli, Internal stimuli, Physiological responses, Psychological responses)
• Observing animals
2. Genetics and Behaviour.
• Understanding basics of genetics
• Terminology (eg. alleles, allelomorphs, genes,phenotype, mitosis, homozygous, genotype, etc)
• Environmental affect
• Innate behaviour
• Interaction between different species
• Case study : Inherited traits in horse behaviour
3. Animal Perception and Behaviour.
• Animal communication and perception
• How animals perceive things
• Types of stimuli; Visual, Auditory, Tactile, Chemical
• Monocular and binocular vision
• Neural control
4. Behaviour and the Environment.
• Biological Clocks
• Sun Compass
• Sexual and Reproductive behaviours
5. Social Behaviour.
• Animal Societies
• Fight or flight response
• Social constraints
• Sexual behaviour
• Social order
• Territorial behaviour
• Case Studies –birds, dogs
6. Instinct and Learning.
• Extinction and Habituation
• Instrumental Learning
• Thorndykes Law of Effect
• Operant and Respondant behaviour
• Biological aspects of learning
• Associative Learning
• Case studies: Early learning in dogs, Early learning in cats
• Comparative Intelligence
7. Handling Animals.
• Domestication of animals
• Handling animals
• Psychological affects of different handling techniques
• Preventing problems with pets
• Training animals (Examples: birds, rabbits, horses, cattle etc).
• The student has a choice of which types of animals to focus on, though a variety will still be covered.
8. Behavioural Problems.
• Abnormal behaviour (eg. Psychotic, neurotic);
• Domestication of animals
• Diagnosing behaviour
• Psychotic disorders
• Case Study; Behavioural Problems with cats; various types of aggression and other problems.
• Training cats
• Case Study; Aggression and other problems with dogs
• Training dogs
• Case Study; Behavioural problems with pigs
Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Pet-Care/ANIMAL-BEHAVIOUR-BAG203-459.aspx
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