Hi I am interested in the course and understand there will be a exam at the end. Therefore I would like to ask would I need to travel in order to take the exam? Thank you Chris
Thank you for getting in touch. The final exam is taken at a time and place of your choosing and you do not need to travel to do it. For more detailed information, please click on the following links:
I hope that this answers your question, but please come back if you need any more information.
Hi I am very interested in doing this course unfortunately I am dyslexic and was wondering if the course would be suitable For me I am 100% up for a challenge was just wondering if there was a lot of writing involved or is it more PC based where I could Wordprocess and be able to use spellcheck as my spelling is hopeless Callum D
Thank you for your question.
You will be pleased to hear that our students can submit their assignments hand written or typed, so don't worry about your spelling. In addition, your tutor will be more interested in what you have learned from reading the lesson notes and your set tasks.
Would this course be suitable for somebody who does not believe in evolution or does it assume evolution as a fact(as evolution is only a theory and much disproved)? Thank you
Having briefly looked through the course, it doesn't really go into evolution. It does mention birds having evolved differently to mammals, but there is no requirement for you to agree that this is the case. Therefore, completing the course should not undermine your own personal beliefs and so is suitable for those who disagree with the evolutionary argument. You will learn about different birds; not be expected to agree that evolution is a proven fact.
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Investigate, Study and Learn About the Amazing Wonders of Birds
Ornithology course online. This course is designed to introduce students to the varied world of birds, their diverse species, habitats and physiology. You'll learn what is a bird, their evolutionary process and how they adapted in order to colonize the air, land and water. Understand the habits of different birds, from water birds and parrots, to town birds and birds of prey.
Through a combination of reading, completing course lessons and assignments, interacting with your tutor, researching combined with our practical tasks, as well as observing, you'll learn a wide variety of bird facts. If your working or wishing to work with birds and animals, life scientists and environmental researchers and consultants, amateur bird watchers, or anyone who has a passion and interest in birds, this course will definitely expand your knowledge.
"The certificate has arrived and I feel very proud of it. Can say that I thoroughly enjoyed the course, learnt a
huge amount. I have got involved with the British Trust for Ornithology, which is the organisation that does
surveys on the bird life in Britain. I now hope to get more involved in their survey work, this is the direction
I want to go. Thanks again for all your encouragement." Alison S, Ornithology, UK
"It exceeded my expectations. It was more comprehensive than I expected and the assignments really stimulated deep study of the subject. Thank you for your guidance. I am delighted with my certificate and will recommend this course and ADL to my friends and colleagues." G Flaherty, Ornithology BEN102, Ireland
Lesson Structure: Ornithology BEN102
There are 9 lessons:
- Classification and Introduction to Bird watching
- Nature and scope of ornithology (over 9,000 species)
- Place of Birds in Nature
- Bird Classification (Aves, Ratitae, Carinate)
- Use of common names and scientific names
- Fossil or Extinct Birds
- Classes and Sub Classes
- Comparing characteristics of different Super orders
- Comparing characteristics of all major bird Families
- Resources for further information
- Bird Watching equipment
- The Biology of Bird
- Anatomical feature
- FeathersFeather Colour
- Wing Types (elliptical, high speed, long soaring, high lift)
- Legs and Feet
- Beaks and BillsInternal Structure
- Avian Behaviours (Flight, Diving, Reproduction, Courtship, Bonding, Territoriality, Nesting)
- Formation of Eggs and Hatching
- Common and Widespread Land Birds.
- Eagles and Relatives; Carthatidae (New World vultures, condors)
- Pandionidae (osprey)
- Accipitridae (hawks, eagles, kites)
- Sagittariidae (secretary bird)
- Falconidae (falcons, caracaras)
- Crows and their Relatives
- Butcher birds, Currawongs and related birds
- Pigeons (structure, feeding, breeding, types)
- The Dodo
- Pest and Introduced Birds (for man countries); Indian Mynah, Sparrow, Thrush, Starling, etc
- Giant Birds and Long Legged Birds.
- Ratitites; Ostrich, Emu, Moa, Rhea, Cassowary, Kiwi, South American Tinamous, extinct giant Elephant bird and Dodo
- Herons, Storks and relatives
- Seabirds and Water birds.
- Anseriformes; ducks, geese, swans etc
- Gruiformes; cranes, coots, mud hens, rails
- Charadriiformes; sandpipers, snipes, curlews, plovers, dotterels, etc
- Gaviiformes; divers
- Gulls, Skuas, Orks, Puffins, Terns
- Tube Nosed Birds
- Petrels, Storm Petrels and Diving Petrels
- Pelicans and Relatives
- Boobies, Frigate Birds, Tropic BirdsPenguins
- Hunters -Birds of Prey, Owls, and Kingfishers.
- Eagle species
- Breeding behaviours of birds of prey
- Scope of "songbirds" or "perching birds".
- Features common to Passeriformes
- Varieties of Passeriformes (Primitive and Advanced)
- Muscicapidae; thrush
- Flycatchers, Larks, Pippits, Wingtails
- Swallows and Martins; physical characteristics, breeding and nesting
- Fringilllidae; finches
- Other Birds.
- Parrots; structure, feeding, breeding, species
- Honeyeaters, Swifts
- Galliformes; chicken.
- Other Orders
- Attracting, Feeding and Keeping Birds.
- How plants benefit birds
- Plants that attract birds
- Feeding Birds
- Bird Care; parasites, catching and handling, caring for a sick bird
- Common Ailments
Learning Goals: Ornithology BEN102
- Discuss the study of birds, including bird taxonomy
- Describe anatomical and physical characteristics of birds.
- Discuss a range of different common and widespread land birds.
- Discuss a range of different flightless and long legged birds including Ratites and Ciconiiformes.
- Discuss and describe a range of water birds and sea birds.
- Discuss and describe a range of hunting birds.
- Discuss and describe a range of Passeriformes.
- Discuss and describe a range of parrots and other birds..
- Explain domestication of birds and the methodology and implications of attracting and feeding wild birds.
Practicals: What you will be doing during this Course
- Contact a Birdwatching Club or organisation in your own country, or region of the world, and find out what services and information they offer. You may locate groups on the internet, or listed under clubs and organisations in the Yellow Pages section of your phone book. You might contact them on the phone, or by email, by letter; or by attending a meeting.
- Write a brief history of the evolution of birds mentioning of species that have become extinct and give reasons as to why you think this occurred.
- Research and discuss the breeding cycle of one particular bird species (of your own choosing), then identify any traits or behavioural patterns that are unique to this species
- Select different birds from groups studied, and research each different bird using any resources you have available to you, such as textbooks, the internet, libraries, etc. Write a paragraph describing each of the six birds you selected, giving a detailed description of their external appearance, together with details of their distribution, structure, feeding habits and breeding. If possible, focus on any birds from each group that inhabit or regularly migrate to your region.
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Vicky’s passion for animals led her to obtain her MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, despite her having a background in business and management. Apart from her personal experience with animals, she volunteers at various animal shelters around Greece and has done research on feline behaviour at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada and on primate behaviour at Edinburgh Zoo. She is currently researching PhD opportunities in the field of animal ethics and studying entrepreneurship for the purpose of creating her own charity for animal protection in Greece.
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|Course Start||Any time|
|Validating Body||ASIQUAL. Asiqual awards qualifications at levels 3-7, which equate to undergraduate and post-graduate degree level.|
|Course Prerequisite||No, start at anytime|
|Course Qualification||Level 4 Certificate in Ornithology|
|Exam Required?||Finalised with an exam/test|
|UK Course Credits||10 Credits|
|US Course Credit Hours||3 Credit Hours|
|Study Support||You'll be allocated your own personal tutor/mentor who will support and mentor you throughout your whole course. Our tutors/mentors have been specifically chosen for their business expertise, qualifications and must be active within their industry. Tutors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through our Moodle Student Support Zone online. Tutors are there to provide assistance with course material, discuss, explain and give advice and support throughout the whole programme. Their feedback is vital to your success.|
"It exceeded my expectations. It was more comprehensive than I expected and the assignments really stimulated deep study of the subject. Thank you for your guidance. I am delighted with my certificate and will recommend this course and ADL to my friends and colleagues." G Flaherty.
"It was better than I expected. Very professional and my tutor was encouraging and excellent - I always received the best feedback on assignments and ways to improve. My tutor also made difficult modules more clearer to me". Beverly H.
"I am delighted to report that I passed the exam and received a "Pass with Commendation." I appreciate very much the detail that you went into, in the the correction of my assignments and I found your advice and extra subject information invaluable in advancing my interest and knowledge in horticulture". Go raibh mile maith agat! (a thousand thanks!) Colin.