An Introduction to Fish Biology
On completion of the course, students should be able to appreciate the basic physiology, diversity and evolution of fishes. Diversity is especially prevalent; examples from diverse groups are used in order to provide a good overview of fish biology.
Level and accreditation
The course is pitched at Level 3, according to national guidelines. The course is awarded and accredited by the Institute for Animal Care Education. On completion of the course, students will be eligible for full membership of the Institute and consequently append the letters MIACE after their name.
The course enjoys open entry status.Anyone wishing to study ichthyology can join the course. The course is a roll on, roll off course with students starting and finishing when they wish.
This is a nine lesson course made up of two separate modules. Students can take their own time as there are no assignment deadlines. There is however a three year limit on the total course. It is estimated that students will take between eight and fourteen months to complete the course, depending on other commitments and individual ability.
Lesson 1 Introduction and Diversity
Lesson 2 Evolution
Lesson 3 Buoyancy
Lesson 4 Reproduction
Lesson 5 Communication
Lesson 6 Migration
Lesson 7 Respiration
Lesson 8 Basic Anatomy & Physiology
Lesson 9 Habitats and Ecology
Assessment takes the form of basic questioning (30% of total mark) and report writing (70% of total mark). Students will be provided with guidance as to what is required in assessment.