Student Study Guide
The CIDBT is a front-runner in providing affordable, high quality education courses in a range of dog behaviour and training subjects taught by experts in the field.
This study guide is for general information only. Your tutor should always be the first port-of-call should you require any information or assistance after enrolment.
Your success is our goal!
Naturally, this course is designed to be student focused, which also includes your responsibility to keep in contact with your Course Tutor.
Please do keep in mind that all of our tutors work full-time in Professional Dog Behaviour & Training (an unprecedented benefit that is unique to the CIDBT), therefore expect course work to be returned within 10 working days, although typically it is far quicker, but there may be occasions when it takes that amount of time.
Most courses require access to the following:
Essential rules for formal, academic essay writing are as follows.
Try to keep each paragraph related to one sub topic only; when you start writing about something new or change the slant or emphasis of your work then a new paragraph should be started. Authors are authors, not writers – use last names (avoid referring to an author as if they were your friend). Be respectful – an author’s name is similar to a key in a database lookup, therefore spell their names and cite their work correctly.
If you do not know where to find reliable research consider the following methods:
A Tutor should respond to you within 10 working days of receipt of your email communication (typically much faster). Mark and return your submitted phase within 21 days of receiving the same (again, typically this is much quicker)
This is a guide and holidays, ill health and IT setbacks may impinge on these timelines guide. Always check your email junk folder if you feel that you have not had your work back and or no reply to an email sent to your tutor.
In addition all tutors have telephones so do contact them by phone if need be.
All references and quotations must be detailed directly following the text in brackets, at the end of the assignment. For examples of how to reference books, periodicals, videos or DVDs and web sites, see section 11 at the very bottom of this page.
Most Level 4 course work will include a short multiple choice test. This is not a major component to your final outcome, however, it is included to ensure students are reading and researching more than is asked of them within the specific assignments.
In other words, do not skip directly to the assignments and just “look-up” the information necessary to complete the task – all students are expected to read all required material and conduct thorough research to answer not only the questions asked, but the whole of the course according to the Learning Outcomes. This is your commitment to being a student and your commitment to learning.
The workshops may be film led, student interactive case study problem-solving or involve the practical work with dogs and people. Workshops are typically supplemented with Home Study assignments to complement the nature of the course. All courses that include workshops are clearly identified as such in the course descriptions.
It is important that you check your workshop dates on the CIDBT website before attending and at the time of enrolment. Your course workshop is mandatory.
Typical workshop structure:
The tutor will announce when the workshop is about to commence – it is likely they will ask everyone to gather in a central location, such as the foyer/lounge/ where they will then guide you to the lecture area.
The introduction to the workshop will start with a presentation overview of the itinerary and workshop content so that everyone knows what to expect and can relax.
Our tutors operate professional, structured yet informal workshops where all people and opinions are valued.
Home Study, also known as distance learning or correspondence study, is any educational process, which exists outside a classroom setting. Courses are taken by students in their own homes using a variety of means including mandatory reading, independent research, email correspondence and information gathering via Video, DVD or the web.
The CIDBT training courses are available to people from all backgrounds, from beginner to advanced levels. The Institute aims to provide students with the necessary skills and qualifications that will make a difference to their knowledge and career.
Further course benefits include:
International students considering our programmes are advised to check the compatibility between the UK formats and that of their own country. We have students from all around the globe and will aim to accommodate wherever possible.
The use of email and the Internet are the two most commonly used as the proctors of lessons, monitoring work or administering tests. In addition to the above, there is a component of printed material to include textbooks.
Previous studies comparing Home Study with traditional on-campus learning have indicated similar, if not higher, success rates. The Home Study student, however, will have to compete with other distractions such as family and work unlike the “traditional” classroom student. Make sure your schedule will enable you to successfully complete requirements for each module.
Keep in mind that some course work will strictly adhere to pre-established time lines while other programmes are flexible and self-adjusting to the rate of study.
The author’s surname is listed first, followed by the initial(s) and the year of publication in parenthesis, followed by the title of the book is printed in italics, (chapters in single quotations – capitalise first word and proper nouns only), followed by the publisher and finally the page number where the quotation or reference can be found.
Evans J M & White K, (2008), Doglopaedia, Ringpress
Periodicals and Published Work
The author’s surname is listed first, followed by the initial(s) and year of publication in parenthesis, followed by the title of the article in single quotations, followed by the name of the publication in italics, followed by the page number of the quote or reference.
Ostrander, E, A, Galibert, F, & Patterson, D, F, 2000, ‘Canine genetics comes of age’, Trends Genet., 16, pp117- 124.
Parker, H, G, Kim, L, V, Sutter, N, B, Carlsom, S, Lorentzen, T, D, Malek, T, B, Johnson, G, S, DeFrance, H, B, Ostrander, E, A, & Kruglyak, L, 2004, ‘Genetic structure of the purebred domestic dog’, Science, 204, pp1160- 1164.
Downloads, Streams, Videos and DVDs
The surname is listed first, followed by the initial(s) and year of publica- tion in parenthesis, followed by the title of the Video or DVD in italics, followed by the production company.
Tennant C, (2000), 21 days to train your dog, (2000), Pets on Film.
Name of web site, followed by the word “Online” in brackets, followed by the full web site link, followed by access date (where applicable).
www.petbc.org.uk followed by the URL link page.
If an author’s reference is from a web link, list the author’s surname first, followed by initial(s), followed by the title of the work in single quotations, followed by the name of the organisation in italics, followed by On- line in brackets, followed by the web link and access date in brackets.
Tennant, C, 2016, Smart Dog Psycholgy’, Canine & Feline Behaviour Association, [Online]. Available from: http://www.cfba.co.uk/leadership8.htm [accessed December 2010].