• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Mark Edwards
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
    See Future Offerings

This course is not offered in 2018.

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:
(L01)   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 producing behavioural commands;
(LO4)  Demonstrate understanding of the research tools used for studying brain function 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

  • Class participation (5%) - LO 1,3,4,5
  • In-class quizzes (10%) - LO 1,2,3,4
  • Article critique and summary (5%) - LO 4,5
  • Research essay (35%) 0 LO 1,2,4,5
  • Clinical knowledge summary (5%) - LO 2,5
  • Mid-semester examination (20%) - LO 1,2,3,4,
  • Final examination (20%) - LO 1,2,3,4

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


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 be studying a Master of Neuroscience. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed PSYC2007.

Prescribed Texts

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


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
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8757 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions