Primate Behaviour (distance learning)
Primate behaviour diploma (study level 3)
This course highlights reasons underlying primate behaviour. It is ideal for anyone wanting to start a career with primates, move onto higher education, or simply those with a keen interest. The diploma comprises the following 6 modules.
1. Introduction to Primate Behaviour
Primates are highly social animals. This module examines the types of behaviours used to maintain the cohesion and stability of their social groups, including communication (in all its forms), grooming, reconciliatory and affiliative behaviours; as well as dominance structures and alliances. It also examines the difference between innate and learnt (including cultural) behaviour. The module also introduces infant rearing strategies, diet types and examines various examples of home ranges and territories.
2. Social Structure
This module covers the sociality of primates. It looks at different social structure compositions, various mating strategies, reasons for dispersal of one sex from a birth group, advantages and disadvantages of group living, factors affecting group size, as well as the reasons for social living, and the preference of living with relatives for some.
3. Resource Competition
Level of access to resources can affect primate behaviour through competition and competitive strategies. This module looks at these competitive strategies, the occurrence and level of competition (and the effect on female dominance relationships) as well as the different types of competition.
Primates are vulnerable to many types of predators. Certain behaviours and tactics are used by primates in an attempt to avoid predation. Such tactics are covered in the module including: alarm calls, group mobbing, cryptic behaviour, formation of groups, vigilance, using shelter, birth synchrony and polyandrous mating.
Primates follow different mating strategies to suit their particular needs. This module covers the various mating systems and strategies as well as sexual selection, mate competition, secondary sexual traits, mate choice and infanticide.
6. Life histories
Primates have a slow life history. What this means exactly, and how this impacts on behaviour is covered in this module. Brain and body size are examined in relation to life histories. Primate development and reproduction, lifespan, offspring investment and behaviour trade-offs are also examined.
This version of the course is an e-course and will be delivered to you via e-mail.
The primate behaviour diploma is a level 3 course. This is equivalent to AS level.
None - The course is available to all
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Alternatively the fees can be paid in installments
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The course is distance learning and can be begun at any time. It is designed to fit around your current commitments
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