• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Health Medicine and the Body, Psychology, Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, Criminology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jacoba Brinkman
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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This course consists of a series of lectures and/or interactive seminars that cover a variety of advanced topics in behavioural neuroscience. The material will be delivered by experienced researchers, who will describe and discuss issues that are at the forefront of their respective fields. The specific topics covered change slightly each year but may include attention, consciousness, sleep, depression, dyslexia, traumatic brain injury, brain imaging techniques, issues in research publication, and neuroethics.

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate increased knowledge and understanding of the importance of the scientific method in advancing psychological knowledge and be able to design appropriate research studies
  2. Critically analyse and discuss the neural bases of selected psychological processes
  3. Have an in-depth understanding of the research tools that are used for studying brain function relevant to psychology and effectively compare and contrast the relative strengths and weakness of each
  4. Effectively and efficiently communicate a high level of understanding and the ability to analyse and interpret data from selected research methods
  5. Critically evaluate, discuss and debate scientific research relevant to behavioural neuroscience.

Indicative Assessment

  • Written assignment (10%) - LO 1,2,3,4,5 
  • Tutorial presentation (30%) - LO 1,2,3,4,5 
  • Exams (60%) – LO 1,2,3,4,5

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The face-to-face teaching time for this course consists of two hours of lectures or seminars per week and 12 hours of laboratory classes spread across the semester

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Research School of Psychology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

There is no textbook for this course. Required readings will consist of journal articles and book
chapters, which will be assigned by the lecturers.


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:
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
2018 $3780
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5400
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

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
4771 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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