Level 4+5 Accredited Diploma in Animal Psychology
Subject code: L5AP
This Level 5 qualification builds upon prior knowledge derived from either formal academic qualifications, or via practical experience. It is an internationally recognised qualification that provides a strong foundation for working with animals and a basis for further study at degree level. A Level 5 Accredited Diploma in Animal Psychology can provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in Animal Psychology/Behaviour.
Syllabus and Unit Specification:
Unit 1: Using information, communication and technology ICT in the study of Animal Psychology
1 Applications of ICT in the study of Animal Psychology
2 ePortfolio constructs
3 Independent web based research
4 Principles of self-assessment and reflective writing
Unit 2: Putting Psychology into Perspective
1 Historical emergence of modern psychology
2 Theorists who helped shape psychological practices
3 Psychology specialisms
4 Draw comparisons between traditional and current theories
Unit 3: Approaches and constructs
1 Biological approach in psychology
2 Evolutionary approach
3 Scientific research
4 Relationship between the different approaches and integration
Unit 4: Research methods and techniques
1 Study design in psychological research
2 Principles of quantitative research
3 Principles of quantitative
4 Advantages and disadvantages of different research methods
Unit 5: Classification and taxonomy
1 Classification system
2 Sub-categorization of domains
3 External resources relating to classification
4 Comparisons between species
Unit 6: The biology of mammals
1 Cell structure and function
2 Mammalian cellular replication processes
3 Gene expression in mammals
4 Sexual and asexual reproduction
Unit 7: Genetic principles of mammals
1 Processes of meiosis
3 Evaluate evidence related to genetic inheritance
4 Factors contributing to genetic inheritance
Unit 8: Comparative mechanics of behaviour in animals
1 Principles of perception
2 Rhythmic clocks
3 Hormone action
4 Trends in physiological mechanics
Unit 9: Behaviour and learning theories
1 Comparative habituation
4 Cultural transmission
Unit 10: Motivation and socialisation in animals
1 Animal motivation
2 Animal socialisation
3 Role of homeostasis
4 Cognitive ecology
Unit 11: The psychology of animal emotion
1 Social morality
2 Nature of animal emotion
3 Human intrusion
4 Psychology principles
Unit 12: The psychology of equine behaviour
Unit level : H2
1 Evolution of wild horses to domesticity
2 Equine conditioning and learning processes
3 Equine behaviour and training
4 Behaviour modification in horses
Unit 13: The psychology of feline behaviour
1 Evolution of feral cats to domesticity
2 Conditioning and learning processes
3 Socialization processes in cats
4 Phobia and anxiety states
Unit 14: The psychology of canine behaviour
1 Evolution of wolves to domestic canines
2 Conditioning and learning processes
3 Socialization processes in dogs
4 Abnormal behaviour states in dogs
Unit 15: Comparative psychology
1 The principles of comparative psychology
2 Ethological principles
4 Current ethological and models
Unit 16: Instinct, communication and adaptation
1 Common instinctive behaviour
2 Common adaptive behaviour
3 Common communication principles
4 Current research
The course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning ‘On Campus’ website.
In the student ‘ ‘On Campus’ area you are able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.
After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the ‘On Campus’ area within 3 working days.
Materials and support provided by Oxford Learning.
A paper copy and/or a PDF copy of the course materials are also available to purchase during the online enrolment process.
Specification: Level 4+5 Accredited Diploma in Animal Psychology
Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Higher National Diploma.
Full support is provided by a personal tutor via the online system for the entire duration of the course (2 years).
All coursework marking and moderating.
Examination board certification upon completion.
|Payment by Instalments|
You may pay the course fees in monthly instalments
Online, PDF (+£25.00), Paper (+£75.00), Paper & PDF (+£100.00)
All students must be 17 years of age and above. Students should have completed a Level 3 Diploma or an A level standard course (or equivalent) before the Level 5 qualification.
Please note that you can enrol on this course anytime.
Approximately 60 hours per unit
16 tutor marked assessments