• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Human Sciences, Medical Science, Psychology
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Mark Edwards
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course PSYC6010
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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Our ability to perceive the world, think and remember things depends upon the functioning of our brain. In this course we will look at the workings of the brain, with particular focus on understanding aspects of brain function that are of particular importance to psychology. Consequently, this course focus on the link between neuroscience and psychological functioning. 

Topics will include: mind-body problem; techniques to determine brain structure and cognitive functioning; functional properties and organisation of neurons in the early stages of the visual system and how that influences our perception; genetic and environmental influences in the development of the tuning properties of cells; colour processing and pathologies; memory encoding and storage; how emotion can affect memories; parallel and hierarchical processing in the brain; and how clinical neuropsychological findings map onto these pathways and processing stages, with particular emphasis on the concept of the cortical localisation of function. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1.    Describe the fundamental concepts and major themes in how information is processed by the brain. 

2.    Compare and contrast particular approaches to studying brain function with respect to their use to answer a particular research question.

3.    Apply critical analysis skills to evaluate research studies and conclusions. 

4.    Understand the link between psychological and brain functioning. 

Indicative Assessment

An essay 30% (LO 1-4)
In-laboratory quizzes 15% (LO 1-4)
End of semester examination 55% (LO 1-4)

The examination must be passed in order for an overall pass in the course to be awarded.

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Workload

The face-to-face teaching time for this course consists of two hours of lectures per week and 18 hours of laboratory classes spread across the semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed PSYC1003 and PSYC1004. Incompatible with PSYC6010.

Prescribed Texts

Kalat, J. W. (2015). Biological psychology (12th Ed.)

Assumed Knowledge

To enrol in this course you must have completed either:

Majors

Minors

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8858 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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