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Ethology

BIRCHAM INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Faculty of Life & Earth Sciences



Faculty of Life & Earth Sciences

 

MODULE: Ethology

Program delivered by distance learning higher education up to a maximum of 27 credits. This module may be combined or completed with other online university courses from this faculty.

 

DESCRIPTION: Ethology

This program achieves a good balance between recent research and classic studies of animal behavior. It integrates both psychological and biological approaches and provides current information in the areas of animal learning and cognition, parasitism, and mutualism. It includes all phases of scientific animal behavior investigation.

 

Courses list (each subject accounts for 3 Academic Credits):

1 BIU Earned Credit = 1 USA Semester Credit (15 hours of learning) = 2 ECTS Credit (30 hours of study).

 

Diversity in Animals
Animal Behavior
Domestic Animals
Animal Human Bond
Ethology
Cognitive Ethology
Human Ethology
Neuroethology
Human Animal Studies

 

Academic Supervisor: Jose R. Vazquez
More information about this supervisor and instructors at Bircham University Human Network.

 

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DEGREE PROGRAMS: Ethology

This module is applicable to Specialist, Expert, Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. (Doctor) Programs. This distance learning degree program is designed at the postgraduate level – Master’s or Doctoral. This module may be easily adapted to complete the Specialist, Expert or Bachelor’s adult degree program requirements. A further option is the enrollment into the online university courses listed in this module.

 

Specialist - Expert Diploma in Ethology (21 Academic Credits)
Select 5 courses for the Specialist or 7 courses for the Expert Diploma from the total of 9 courses from this specialization module in Ethology.

 

Bachelor's Degree (B.A., B.S., B.B.A.) in Ethology (130 Academic Credits)
27 credits for 9 Specialization Courses in Ethology.
+ 60 credits in General Education may be transferred from previous education and experience.
+ 43 credits or 14 additional courses that may be selected from other modules in the Faculty of Life & Earth Sciences from Bircham International University. This selection must to be approved by the Distance Learning University Education Board.

 

Master's Degree (M.B.A., M.S., M.A.) in Ethology (35 to 50 Academic Credits)
27 credits for 9 Specialization Courses in Ethology.
+ 13 credits that correspond to research methodology and the Final Project.

 

Doctorate (Doctor Ph.D. Degree) in Ethology (45 to 70 Academic Credits)
27 credits for 9 Specialization Courses in Ethology.
+ 18 credits that correspond to research methodology and the Thesis.
+ Some additional courses may be selected from other modules in the Faculty of Life & Earth Sciences from Bircham International University if required. This selection must to be approved by the Distance Learning University Education Board.

 

 

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METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: Distance Learning Higher Education

This program is delivered by traditional correspondence instruction. Bircham International University will send to your address the physical program suggested textbooks. You will be requested to write 20 to 35 pages reports about these books. You submit these reports by email or mail. The reports are the course exams. Bircham International University will evaluate your required written work. If passed, you will earn the degree from Bircham International University. Read BIU Study Guide for more instructions about BIU pedagogy, tutoring and evaluation.

 

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ADMISSION PROCESS:

Bircham International University issues an admission certificate after receiving your complete application for admission. This document will show the amount of credits transferred and validated from previous education and experience, and the amount of credits required to complete the degree program's major. Bircham University can not perform this evaluation without the complete application for admission.

 

Students enrolling into this program should be aware that:

1. Location: Bircham International University needs a functional geographical location to ship the book and materials.
2. Communication: Email, courier, phone are key communication instruments with Bircham University that play an important role in the progress and support of the program of study.
3. Capacity: Any impediment, physical or psychological, to read a book and write a report must be communicated to Bircham International University prior to enrollment in the program.
4. Technology: No specific technology is required to complete this program of study.
5. Language: Book and report writing in other language than English must be requested (and approved by BIU) prior to enrollment in the course.
6. Discrimination: There is no discrimination with respect to race, color, gender, beliefs or religion.
7. Age: Check the admission requirements for each degree program.
 

 

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SUBJECT COURSES: Ethology

Each subject accounts for 3 credits.

 

Each of the following subjetcs may be studied as a continuing education course.

 

Diversity in Animals

This course presents the morphological, functional, and ecological diversity within the major phyla of animals. It surveys the ontogeny, function and behavior in a variety of species, and their interaction with the environment.

Instructor: Jose R. Vazquez

 

Animal Behavior

This course deals with understanding animal behavior. It reviews the behavior of animals under natural conditions, with emphasis on both mechanistic and evolutionary approaches. Topics include ethology, behavioral endocrinology; behavioral genetics; learning; signaling, deceit and animal consciousness; orientation, migration and biological rhythms; optimization and game theory; parental investment and mating systems; selfishness, altruism, and reciprocity; and sociality in vertebrates and invertebrates.

Instructor: Jose R. Vazquez

 

Domestic Animals

This course explores how to understand horses, dogs & cats. It explains their behavior, their instinctual reactions, their history in man's life, as well as insight into their interaction with their human mates. It examines the mechanisms and control of pet behavior in a domestic context. It also reviews the behavior of cattle, horses, sheep, goats and swine for their management.

Instructor: Jose R. Vazquez

 

Animal Human Bond

This course studies the psychosocial benefits of animal companionship. It explores the conceptualization of the animal-human bond and the understanding of animal assisted therapy. It considers the effect of animal companions for human well-being and health, and an historical exploration of the value of human-animal relationships.

Instructor: Jose R. Vazquez

 

Ethology

This course achieves a good balance between recent research and classic studies of animal behavior. It integrates both psychological and biological approaches and provides current information in the areas of animal learning and cognition, parasitism, and mutualism. It includes all phases of scientific animal behavior investigation.

Instructor: Jose R. Vazquez

 

Cognitive Ethology

This course studies learning mechanisms in animals and humans. It explores the bases of sensation-perception, memory and learning, arousal-sleep-attention, emotions and motivation. It examines complex sensory and perceptual phenomena with emphasis on the relationship between perception and motivation, cognition, creativity, instinct, and learning/experiential factors in higher level perceptual processes.

Instructor: Jose R. Vazquez

 

Human Ethology

Using cross-cultural and cross-species data, this course conducts an exploration of human development and behavior, including the cultural and evolutionary origins of language, non-verbal communication, laughter, sleep, deception, morality, infant behavior, parenting, human aggression, sexual behavior, gender development, and human courtship rituals.

Instructor: Ruben Von Stopeck

 

Neuroethology

This course provides a comparative analysis of cellular and systems neurobiology, and neuroethology. It examines the evolution of nervous systems, their diverse structure and complex functions. Study of receptor mechanisms, somato-visceral activity, reflexes, proprioception, muscle spindles and Golgi tendon organs, visual system, auditory system, vestibular activity, olfaction and gustatory sensation.

Instructor: Jose R. Vazquez

 

Human Animal Studies

This course examines the complex and multidimensional relationships between humans and other animals. Anthrozoology comprises work in several disciplines in the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences in order to analize the positive effects of human-animal relationships on either party and the study of their interactions.

Instructor: Ruben Von Stopeck

 

 

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