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What Will You Learn?

Why do animals behave in the ways they do? How do their behaviours aid their survival? How and why do their behaviours develop and adapt?

This course explores ethology – the scientific study of the behaviours of animals, either in their natural environment or in captivity. We’ll learn how animals relate to their environment, particularly in areas such as socialisation, mating, aggressiveness, the evolution of their behaviour over time, and whether an animal's behaviour is due to an internal factor, such as genetics, as a response to its interaction with the environment or both.

Offering a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of ethology, this course explores the reasons we study animal behaviour, the main role of an ethologist, and the history and development of the field.

The course considers the causes of behaviour as a result of genetics, environment, and natural selection. We’ll look at altruism, cooperation, and communication within social animals, and the advantages these behaviours provide to species and their populations.

You’ll discover the differences in the sexual reproduction of different species and how attractiveness, dominance, and repellence vary among them. We’ll also consider the concept and categories of learning and how this process can contribute to the social and reproductive success of individuals. 

Finally, the Ethology Diploma Course looks at how humans have affected the conservation status of animals and how ethology can be applied in these cases – considering the main roles and contributions of modern ethology.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Understand what ethology is
  • Become familiar with animal behaviours
  • Learn the reasons why animals behave in certain ways
  • Become familiar with the main applications and impacts of ethology
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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What is Ethology?
  • Part 2: What Does an Ethologist Do?
  • Part 3: Ethology and Subdisciplines
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Beginnings of Ethology
  • Part 2: First Models
  • Part 3: Modern Ethology
  • Part 4: Current Ethologists
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Genetics and Behaviour
  • Part 2: Natural Selection and Behaviour
  • Part 3: Evolution and Behaviour
  • Part 4: Coevolution
  • Part 5: Evolutionary Arms Race
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Darwin’s View on Altruism
  • Part 2: Hamilton’s Rule
  • Part 3: Altruism and Cooperation: Case Studies
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Learning, Habituation, and Sensitisation
  • Part 2: Conditioning
  • Part 3: Evolutionary Aspects and the Purpose of Learning
  • Part 4: Costs of Learning
  • Part 5: Animal Intelligence
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Ontogeny in Behaviour
  • Part 2: Behavioural Changes During Ontogeny
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Sexual Reproduction and Breeding
  • Part 2: Polygyny
  • Part 3: Polyandry
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Advantages and Disadvantages of Groups
  • Part 2: Agonistic Behaviour
  • Part 3: Dominance and Subordinance
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Communication Signals
  • Part 2: Evolutionary Origin of Communication Signals
  • Part 3: Gradual and Cooperative Signals
  • Part 4: Feudal System
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Behavioural Indicators
  • Part 2: Behavioural Indicators in Conservation Management
  • Part 3: Behavioural Indicators in Animal Wellbeing
  • Part 4: Ethology in Conservation
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

Anyone with an interest in the animal kingdom and the natural world will enjoy the Ethology Diploma Course. You’ll learn the whys and hows of animal behaviours – bringing you closer to those with whom we share the planet.

If you work with animals or intend to study animals at a higher level, this course will help you to better understand them and give you a good, foundational level of knowledge from which to build upon.

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The Ethology Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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