BEHV 2002 Brain and Behaviour

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101684

Coordinator Tamara Watson Opens in new window

Description This unit provides an introduction to the biological and neuroscientific bases of human behaviour. Topics covered include the chemistry of life, the molecular basis of life, the cell and some of the major organ systems of the human body with particular reference to the nervous, endocrine and sensory systems. The unit has a significant laboratory component which reinforces lecture and text material. Students will be introduced to the biological and neuroscientific concepts necessary for a thorough understanding of areas of psychology such as abnormal psychology, cognitive processes, developmental psychology, human learning, and physiological psychology.

School Psychology

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Equivalent Subjects LGYA 0972 - Neuroscience

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Explain how biological psychology is a scientific discipline and distinguish its major objectives (APAC Graduate Attribute 1).
  2. Identify the major themes and perspectives of biological psychology (APAC GA 1).
  3. Describe the structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous system (APAC GA 1)
  4. Analyse the major theoretical and empirical perspectives associated with various brain processes, and evaluate how these processes impact mental functioning and behaviour (APAC GA 1);
  5. Apply knowledge of biological psychology to explain a range of clinical conditions.
  6. Appraise the effectiveness of demonstrations that address theories and propositions in biological psychology, evaluate the associated research hypotheses; undertake a relevant literature search; summarise the salient points and formulate a conclusion in a literature review (APAC GA 2 and 5).
  7. Distinguish biological psychology as a scientific discipline and explain its major objectives.
  8. Identify the major themes and perspectives of biological psychology.
  9. Describe the structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous system.
  10. Analyse the major theoretical and empirical perspectives associated with various brain processes, and evaluate how these processes impact mental functioning and behaviour.
  11. Appraise the effectiveness of demonstrated theories and propositions in biological psychology by conducting a phased literature review responding to an associated hypothesis.

Subject Content

Atoms and molecules.
The central nervous system.
Neurotransmitters and drugs.
The somatosensory system.
Brain control of movement.
Hunger and satiety.
Emotion.
Sleep.
Learning and memory.
Biological basis of mental illness: Anxiety, Depression and Schizophrenia.
Drugs and addiction.
Degenerative disorders.

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 50 minutes 25 N Individual
Critical Review 1,500 words 45 N Individual
Final Exam 60 minutes 30 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Pinel, J. P. J., & Barnes, S. J. (2018). Biopsychology (10th ed.). Pearson.

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Bankstown

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Penrith (Kingswood)

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Parramatta - Victoria Rd

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2022 Trimester 2

Wsu Online

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