ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR – Distance Learning Course

By: ACS Distance Education  27/08/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

There are eight lessons in this course: 1. Introduction: Influences and motivation. • Ethology • 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) • Terminology • Observing animals 2. Genetics and Behaviour. • Understanding basics of genetics • Terminology (eg. alleles, allelomorphs, genes,phenotype, mitosis, homozygous, genotype, etc) • Environmental affect • Heritability • Epigenisis • Innate behaviour • Interaction between different species • Survival • Case study : Inherited traits in horse behaviour 3. Animal Perception and Behaviour. • Animal communication and perception • How animals perceive things • Imprinting • Types of stimuli; Visual, Auditory, Tactile, Chemical • Monocular and binocular vision • Terminology • Neural control 4. Behaviour and the Environment. • Orthokinesis • Klinokinesis • Navigation • Homeostasis • Thermoregulation • Motivation • Biological Clocks • Sun Compass • Migration • Tolerance • Acclimatisation • Hibernation • Sexual and Reproductive behaviours 5. Social Behaviour. • Animal Societies • Aggression • Fight or flight response • Social constraints • Sexual behaviour • Social order • Bonding • Courtship • Territorial behaviour • Feeding • Vocalisations • Case Studies –birds, dogs • Terminology 6. Instinct and Learning. • Shaping • Extinction and Habituation • Instrumental Learning • Thorndyke's Law of Effect • Operant and Respondent behaviour • Biological aspects of learning • Cognition • Associative Learning • Case studies: Early learning in dogs, Early learning in cats • Comparative Intelligence 7. Handling Animals. • Domestication of animals • Problems • Handling animals • Psychological effects of different handling techniques • Preventing problems with pets • Training animals (Examples: birds, rabbits, horses, cattle etc). • Terminology • 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 • Terminology Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Pet-Care/ANIMAL-BEHAVIOUR-BAG203-459.aspx Or email us at [email protected] for more information

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