Unit 16 – Level 5 Behavioural Science
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This unit examines the evolutionary processes involved in the development of the modern day equidae and aims to promote an appreciation of the major effects that domestication has had on horses, particularly with respect to influences upon their natural patterns of behaviour.
The learner will investigate the evolution of the horse, which began some 65 million years ago, whilst evaluating the extent to which the horse’s survival has depended upon adaptive behaviour patterns that have enabled it to exploit a diverse range of habitats. Many aspects of domestication conflict with the natural behaviour of the horse and the knowledge gained from this unit will enable learners to consider how important an influence this is with respect to the welfare of horses as they are kept today.
Unit 16 Behavioural Science - Learning Outcomes
Discuss the evolution of modern equidae
Evolution: The evolutionary processes influencing early equidae. Genes and evolution, mechanisms of evolution, gene mutation, gene distribution, gene flow, recombination, genetic drift. Theories of the evolution of modern equidae. The development of breeds for specific purposes, domestication.
Define common terms and show awareness of the basic theories and concepts in behavioural science
Common terms: descriptions of behaviour, inherent and acquired behaviour.
Theories and concepts: key types of learning processes. Behavioural needs and controls and motivation. Factors affecting behaviour, learning and maturation, early experience, imprinting, principles and types of learning.
Interpret normal behaviour in feral and domesticated horses
Normal behaviour: past approaches to study of equine behaviour, key methods of studying ethology, direct observation. Maintenance behaviour, communication, vision, hearing, chemoreception, cutaneous information, vocalisation, interspecies communication, social and sexual behaviour.
Interpret abnormal behaviour in domesticated horses
Abnormal behaviour: abnormal social behaviour, abnormal sexual behaviour, effects of management systems, stress, internal and external causal factors, stereotypic behaviours, functions of stereotypies, methods of treatment and management of stereotypies.
This Higher Education modules can be studied as a TOCES Short Course (SC) or BTEC Higher National Unit (HNU). Both types of courses provide access to the same high quality distance learning material.
|Academic Level:||Higher Education Level 5|
|Number of units/modules:||1|
|Study Hours per Unit:||150|
|Course Duration:||Maximum of 12 months to complete course requirements|
|Study Week Requirements:||Optional Higher Educational Study Week|
This is a TOCES Certificate course. You will be awarded a graded TOCES certificate upon completion of the course. This will be of value to prospective employers as well as to you personally as it reflects your commitment to study. Please note that although TOCES Certificate courses do not result in a validated qualification, the course material is of the same high standard as our validated programmes through BTEC, the BHS and City and Guilds.
As with all TOCES programmes, you will receive detailed study material – each module comprises two work assignments which are completed at home and sent in for tutor assessment and feedback.
The first assignment in each module are formative work assignments designed to prepare you for the second assignment, a summative work assignment which contributes towards your overall grade. The overall grade of your qualification will reflect the grades achieved in your assignments. You will receive a TOCES certificate on successful completion of the course.
For all programmes you must be:
- prepared to work hard
- disciplined enough to set aside time to study
- prepared to undertake independent study
- at least 16 years old
While not compulsory, applicants under the age of 21 should hold one of the following:
- BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Horse Management or a related area
- AVCE/Advanced GNVQ in an appropriate vocational area
- GCE Advanced level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C
- Other related Level 3 qualifications
- Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution
- Non-UK qualifications of a comparable level to those listed above
- Overseas students whose first language is not English must hold a minimum of level 7 International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Further information can be gained from www.ielts.org.
Mature learners (21 years and above)
Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.
How much work is involved?
It is estimated that, including attendance at Study Weeks, each module involves an average of 150 hours study. To calculate how long a programme will take to complete multiply the number of modules by 150 and divide by the number of hours you feel you can spare each week. Although distance learning is a very flexible mode of study you must complete the course requirements before the course completion date. The more time you spend on additional research, the more likely you will be to attain high grades.
Modules generally consist of one Formative and one Summative Work Assignment. Project work and independent research are integral to most modules. You will receive detailed tutor feedback for each Formative Assignment. Each Summative Assignment is graded and counts towards your overall qualification. Formative Assignments do not count towards the qualification grade and in some instances are optional.
You are also required to undertake independent research and read around the subject areas to increase your depth of knowledge and demonstrate the ability to analyse, disseminate and evaluate information. We do not specify how many hours each assignment will take – this is included within the 150 hours and is individual to each student.
How long do the courses take?
We appreciate that our students have work, family and equine commitments so do not set rigid time limits. However a maximum completion date is calculated on enrolment.
Time taken depends on:
- How much you know already – you will find some modules easier and more interesting than others
- Work commitments
- Family commitments
- Equine commitments
- Your dedication and motivation
To maintain a steady rate of work through an HE programme you should allocate at least ten hours per week to your studies. If you cannot find ten hours in a week you must appreciate that it will take longer to complete the Course and extra costs will be incurred after the maximum completion date if an extension is granted.
Can I work through the programmes in less time?
You can work through the programme at a faster rate than estimated here if you are able to devote more time to your studies. However, we do not encourage students to work through quickly at the expense of the quality of their work. You will also need to attend the correct number of study weeks and your payment status must reflect the rate at which you work through the programme.
Enrolment and Fees
Enrolments are accepted for all courses anytime throughout the year. Following enrolment, you will receive access to online course information and course material.
TOCES Higher Education Short Course
- Online access to all course materials
- Tutor support
- Printing and postage fees additional (optional)