• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Vanessa Beanland
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course provides an introduction to behavioural and systems neuroscience and the brain mechanisms underlying behaviour. 

Topics will include: general organisation, evolution and development of the nervous system; structure and function of the cerebral cortex; sensory systems; motor control; hormonal control; and higher order functions such as memory. The written assessment will focus on the relationship between the psychological and biological processes of specific clinical conditions such as prosopagnosia, Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students should be able to:

Appreciate the importance of the scientific method in advancing psychological knowledge; (LO1)

Understand that there exist neural correlates of behavioural and psychological processes; (LO2)

Describe the neural bases of selected psychological processes and disorders; (LO3)

Acquire an idea of the functional organization of the nervous system and of its role in processing sensory information and producing behavioural commands; (LO4)

Understand the research tools that are used for studying brain function relevant to psychology and interpret published research findings from selected research methods; (LO5)

Describe and discuss scientific research orally and in writing at a level appropriate for both academic and general audiences. (LO6)

Indicative Assessment

To be negotiated in consultation with students, but will likely include: research essay; clinical knowledge summary; quizzes; and exams.

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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

EEnrolment in 7650, 7652 or 6680

Prescribed Texts

Kalat, J. W. (2013). Biological psychology (11th Ed.). ISBN-13: 9781111831004


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1230
2004 $1926
2005 $2298
2006 $2358
2007 $2358
2008 $2358
2009 $2358
2010 $2358
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2946
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2004 $3450
2005 $3450
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3972 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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