• 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 UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Vanessa Beanland
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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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:

Following successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

(LO1) Demonstrate understanding of the neural correlates of behavioural and psychological processes;

(LO2) Describe the neural bases of selected psychological processes and disorders;

(LO3) Demonstrate a basic understanding of the functional organisation of the nervous system and of its role in processing sensory information and producting behavioural commands;

(LO4) Demonstrate understanding of the research tools used for studying brain fuction relevant to psychology and interpret published research findings from selected research methods; and

(LO5) Describe and discuss scientific research orally and in writing at a level appropriate for both academic and general audiences.

 

Indicative Assessment

  • Research essay (30%) – LO 1,2,4,5
  • Clinical knowledge summary (10%) – LO 2,5
  • Class participation (5%) – LO 1,3,4,5
  • In-class quizzes (15%) – LO 1,2,3,4
  • Mid-semester examinations (20%) - LO 1,2,3,4
  • Final exaministion (20%) – LO 1,2,3,4

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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 completed PSYC1003 and PSYC1004 (or equivalent) or BIOL1008. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed 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.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution 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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1546 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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