Ichthyology Diploma Level 3

Ichthyology Diploma Level 3

Key Information

Code

Course Level

Duration

Study Mode

QEL881

4

Up to 2 Years

Online

Course Fees

£699

 

Unit 1

Introduction and Diversity

This unit studies the theories surrounding the emergence of animal life and fish groups including the distribution in marine and freshwater systems. This first unit also studies speciation and its contribution to diversity.

Unit 2

Evolution

This unit explores fish evolution including: modern forms of jawless fish, divisions of the Chondrichthyes, factors affecting the extinction of the Ostracoderms, aspects of modern shark diversity, the existence of Acanthodians and how swim bladder development was a major key in Ostiechthian evolution.

Unit 3

Buoyancy

This unit explores the following: How buoyancy is controlled in a number of ways, how fin design can aid buoyancy control, how dense substances are utilised in certain fish to control buoyancy, how buoyancy control is a major contributor to fish diversity, how some Osteichthyes have physoclistous and some have physostomous swim bladders, the diversity of bony fish and the relevance of the swim bladder in the creation of such diversity.

Unit 4

Reproduction

This unit explores pheromone communication, the role of anti-predator communication in fish biology, how colouration is utilised in communication, how schooling and colouration interact, how strips affect fish communication and survival.

Unit 5

Communication

Learn about the role of recombination in creating diversity, understand the reasons why some fish change sex, appreciate the diversity of fish reproduction via Balons classification, understand the diversity of parental care, learn about the factors and theories regarding which sex takes care of the young and understand examples of the diversity of fish reproduction.

Unit 6

Migration

Students will learn how some fish are able to orient to an electric field, why fish often have separate juvenile and adult habitats, how scent navigation occurs in some fish migration. This unit also explores the terms amphidromy, catadromy, diadromy, anadromy and oceanodromy.

Unit 7

Respiration

This unit is all about respiration; learn about the relevance of gill filament thickness, the gill ventilation process, the adaptive advantages of cutaneous gas exchange and the anatomy of gills.

Unit 8

Basic Anatomy and Physiology

Learn how some fish are able to orient to an electric field, why fish often have separate juvenile and adult habitats, how scent navigation occurs in some fish migration. This unit also explores the terms amphidromy, catadromy, diadromy, anadromy and oceanodromy.

Unit 9

Habitats and Ecology

Learn about the basic anatomy of fish, about electro-reception as a hunting and environmental monitoring adaptation, the basics of fish hearing, the basic anatomy and physiology of the lateral line system.

 

ZSL Fellowship

When you study a wildlife, zoology or conservation course with Animal Courses Direct, you will be eligible to apply for ZSL Fellowship. Fellows get unlimited access for them and a family guest to ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos plus borrowing rights in the extensive ZSL library of rare zoological texts. Enrol on your course and apply directly to  ZSL for Fellowship.

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Ichthyology Course


The Ichthyology Diploma course examines the basic physiology, diversity and evolution of fishes.
 

Examples from diverse groups are used in order to provide a good overview of fish biology.
 

This comprehensive 9 unit course includes information about evolution, diversity, reproduction, communication, migration, respiration, anatomy, physiology, habitats and ecology.

 

Ichthyology 


Ichthyology, is the fascinating study of all the different types of fish. This section of zoology is also known as fish science. and incudes many different varieties of fish for example cartilaginous fish, jawless fish and  bony fish,  Although a vast number of species have been discovered, amazingly  there are still about 250 new types reported every year.  

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