Ichthyology Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

A broad field of science defined as the study of all things fish, ichthyology is a branch of zoology that studies vertebrate organisms with physiological structures like gills, scales, and who inhabit aquatic environments.

Studying the Ichthyology Diploma Course, you’ll learn about the various classifications, characteristics, and types of fish, how fisheries operate, and the ecological significance of fish and the impact that climate change is having on them.

The course begins with the basics of ichthyology – what fish are, where they live, and the properties of the water they inhabit. We’ll examine the evolutionary process of fish, the five classes into which they are divided, how to differentiate between different types, their morphological and physiological characteristics, and reproductive processes.

We’ll explore the effects of overfishing, the advantages and disadvantages of aquaculture, and statistical applications within fishery science. We’ll also examine the biological pump, the ecological significance of fish, how agents of climate change affect fish and anthropogenic influences on the environment.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Learn about the various classifications, characteristics, and types of fish
  • Be aware of the issues of overfishing and the application of statistics within fishery science
  • Understand the ecological significance of fish and the impact that climate change is having on them
Amphiprion ocellaris clownfish with orange corals in the background

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What is a Fish?
  • Part 2: Properties of Water
  • Part 3: Marine Biomes
  • Part 4: Freshwater Biomes
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Evolution
  • Part 2: Natural Selection
  • Part 3: Classification
  • Part 4: Agnathan
  • Part 5: Chondrichthyes and Placoderms
  • Part 6: Acanthodii
  • Part 7: Osteichthyes
  • Part 8: Genetically Modified Fish
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Latitudinal Variations
  • Part 2: Types of Fish
  • Part 3: Shape Diversity
  • Part 4: Longevity and Mortality
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Size
  • Part 2: Anatomy
  • Part 3: Colour
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Feeding Mechanisms
  • Part 2: Intelligence
  • Part 3: Vision
  • Part 4: Sounds
  • Part 5: Oxygen Consumption
  • Part 6: Locomotion
  • Part 7: Osmoregulation
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Sexual Variations and Mating
  • Part 2: Broods
  • Part 3: Fish Life Cycle
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Energy and Environmental Exchange
  • Part 2: Food Webs
  • Part 3: Marine Trophic Interactions
  • Part 4: Ecological Exchange
  • Part 5: Environmental Significance
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Exploitation
  • Part 2: Effects of Overfishing
  • Part 3: Fishery Management
  • Part 4: Aquaculture
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Statistics
  • Part 2: Applications within Fishery Science
  • Part 3: Stock Assessments
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Climate
  • Part 2: Environmental Controls
  • Part 3: Anthropogenic Controls
  • Part 4: Combatting Climate Change
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

Whether you’re looking for an introduction to ichthyology with the intention of taking your studies further or would just like to gain a better understanding of the natural world, you’ll learn about fish of all varieties and their ecological role in Earth’s biomes.

Underwater photograph of coral and tropical fish
Accreditations

The Ichthyology 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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