• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Minor code BION-MIN

This minor will provide an understanding of behavioural systems, neuroscience, and brain mechanisms underlying behaviour. This will occur within the context of basic and advanced cognitive and perceptual processes and will cover a wide variety of advanced topics in neuroscience. An important aspect of this minor is to expose students to relevant and applied research being conducted by ANU researchers. Laboratory classes will cover microscopic and macroscopic anatomy of the nervous system, investigations of higher order processing, experimental approaches to brain and behaviour, and problem-based learning.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Differentiate theoretical and empirical frameworks that have defined and shaped the field.
  3. Define key concepts that characterise psychology as a field of scientific inquiry as well as things that differentiate it from other related disciplines.
  4. Relate how social (eg environmental/cultural), and biological (genes, hormones) factors jointly shape human behavior.
  5. Apply basic research methods in psychology to investigate psychological questions and to research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  6. Use critical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  7. Identify relevant psychological mechanisms/issues and apply to real world or other contexts.
  8. Apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organisational issues.
  9. Critically analyse data and research, including methodology, results and conclusions.
  10. Articulate some of the central questions and issues in contemporary psychology.
  11. Critically evaluate the presentation of scientific ideas and research in the popular media.
  12. Identify and critically evaluate appropriate disciplinary research sources
  13. Evaluate information from a statistical perspective drawing on basic statistical concepts.
  14. Develop competence in interpreting graphical data to understand what is being compared/manipulated (independent variables) and what is being measured (dependent variables).
  15. Clearly communicate psychological processes and principles to both science literate and non science literate audiences.
  16. Adapt the collaborative and independent experiences of psychology laboratory, project and course work to other contexts.
  17. Identify and reflect on the values that underpin the discipline of psychology and its practice.

Other Information

What 1000-level courses should you enrol in? PSYC1003 and PSYC1004

Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of this Biological Neuropsychology minor.

Note: the 1000 level courses in this minor cannot contribute towards another major or minor.

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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

18 units from the completion of the following course(s):

PSYC1003 - Psychology 1: Understanding Mind, Brain and Behaviour (6 units)

PSYC1004 - Psychology 2: Understanding People in Context (6 units)

PSYC2008 - Cognition (6 units)

6 units from the completion of course(s) from the following list:

PSYC3016 - Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience (6 units)

PSYC3015 - Visual and Cognitive Neuroscience (6 units)

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