- Class Number 6543
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- AsPr Mark Edwards
- AsPr Mark Edwards
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
- Kate Thomson
- Niamh Campbell
- Nicholas Wyche
Our ability to perceive the world, think and remember things depends upon the functioning of our brain. In this course we will look at the workings of the brain, with particular focus on understanding aspects of brain function that are of particular importance to psychology. Consequently, this course focus on the link between neuroscience and psychological functioning.
Topics will include: mind-body problem; techniques to determine brain structure and cognitive functioning; functional properties and organisation of neurons in the early stages of the visual system and how that influences our perception; genetic and environmental influences in the development of the tuning properties of cells; colour processing and pathologies; memory encoding and storage; how emotion can affect memories; parallel and hierarchical processing in the brain; and how clinical neuropsychological findings map onto these pathways and processing stages, with particular emphasis on the concept of the cortical localisation of function.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Apply critical analysis skills to evaluate research studies and conclusions.
- Critically analyse and explain the fundamental concepts and major themes in how information is processed by the brain.
- Compare and contrast particular approaches to studying brain function with respect to their use to answer a particular research question.
- Evaluate the link between psychological and brain functioning and explain how these links can be investigated.
- Describe and discuss scientific research in writing at a level appropriate for both academic and general audiences.
Examination Material or equipment
For approved dictionaries in accordance with ANU policies, see link: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/assessment-arrangements-for-students-from-language
Behavioral Neuroscience, by Breedlove & Watson (2017) (Eighth Edition)
Biological Psychology, by Breedlove & Watson (2013) (Seventh Edition)
Readings will be set for each week. In some weeks, material additional to the textbook will be prescribed. It is important that all set material be read thoroughly. Supplementary reading for your own interest might also be suggested from time to time. The distinction between ‘prescribed’ and ‘suggested’ will be made very clear.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
The Research School of Psychology requires referencing in the APA format. Attached is a library guide outlining APA referencing style: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/learning-development/academic-integrity/referencing/apa
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Course overview Lectures: For lecture times, see ANU Timetable. The lectures will be run as flipped classes. This means that the lecture content will consist of two components, online material that will be available before the live lecture, and the live lecture which will also be accessible via Zoom. It is expected that students will have have engaged with the online content before the relevant live lecture. The online material will give the foundational knowledge for the topics being covered that week and will take the form of lecture slides, audio and/or video. It will also identify a number of questions and or issues to think about prior to the live lectures. These questions/issues will be targeted on developing a sound understanding of the applications of the material. While the live lectures will answer any questions from students on the online content, their focus will be on working through addressing the questions/issues posed in the online content. That is, their focus will be on problem solving and applications to consolidate, deepen, and extend students’ understanding of the material. All of the materials (e.g., lecture recordings, PowerPoint slides and overheads) will be available on Wattle. Laboratory Classes: We aim to provide the option of doing them remotely or in person, but the latter is obviously dependent upon factors outside our control. Students can enrol in labs via Wattle (see the RSP homepage for more information on how to do this) and if require Priority or Special lab enrolment, please visit https://psychology.anu.edu.au/news-events/news for more information. Week 1 Lecture 1: Admin & overview Lecture 2: Mind-body problem & psychology||The assessment scheme for PSYC6010 will be discussed in the first week of classes. The proposed scheme is given below. For the final, agreed assessment, please refer to the PSY6010 Wattle site after the end of the first week of lectures.|
|2||Week 2 Lecture 3: Continued Lecture 4: Determining brain structure & function Laboratory Class: Psychology v neuroscience (Basis of essay)|
|3||Week 3 Lecture 5: Continued Lecture 6: Continued|
|4||Week 4 Lecture 7: The eye Lecture 8: Receptive fields|
|5||Week 5 Lecture 9: Cortical organisation & processing Lecture 10: Cortical development Laboratory Class: Cortical cell tuning|
|6||Week 6 Lecture 11: Continued Lecture 12: Colour perception & abnormalities|
|7||Week 7 Lecture 13: Continued Lecture 14: Memory: Consolidation & Storage|
|8||Week 8 Lecture 15: Continued Lecture 16: Continued Laboratory Class: Colour|
|9||Week 9 Lecture 17: Continued Lecture 18: Multiple processing pathways & stages|
|10||Week 10 Lecture 19: Continued Lecture 20: Multiple processing pathways & stages Laboratory Class: Ethics|
|11||Week 11 Lecture 21: Continued Lecture 22: Clinical neuropsychology|
|12||Week 11 Lecture 21: Continued Lecture 22: Clinical neuropsychology|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Lab Quizzes||15 %||*||*||1,2,3,4|
|Final Exam||55 %||04/11/2021||02/12/2021||1,2,3,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Laboratory Attendance Rule
The Research School of Psychology considers the laboratory component of all courses to be an integral part of each course – laboratory classes may supplement and consolidate material covered in lectures or they may introduce entirely new material pertinent to the objectives of the course.
Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and results returned to the student (official end of Semester results released on ISIS). Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
There are 4 quizzes due over the semester. It is intended that the marked quizzes will be returned within 2 weeks after submission. Further details can be found on the Course Wattle site.
The quizzes are due at the start of each lab. Assessment will be returned within two weeks from submission.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Due: Dates will be negotiated in class. See agreed assessment on Wattle
Returned: Approximately 3 weeks from on-time submissions
The dates in this summary are indicative only
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.
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The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.
The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
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For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Assignments that have been submitted on time will be marked and available to download from the Turnitin link on Wattle, approximately three weeks after the due date. The exact return date will be posted on Wattle. Late assignments (including those with formal extensions) will not be marked within this timeframe.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
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(i) Ask the marker to reassess your work. Before doing so, it is your responsibility to outline in writing why you think the original mark does not reflect the true worth of the work. Give this outline to the original marker.
(ii) If the original marker agrees to reassess the work and alters the mark, and you accept this change, then the procedure ends, and you will not be eligible for any further remarking of the piece. The original marker will advise the course coordinator of the new mark so that they can ensure that the final records are accurate.
(iii) If following a discussion with the original marker, you still feel that the work has been inadequately assessed you may approach the course coordinator with a request for an independent remark. Please note that the mark that the course coordinator assigns will be the final mark. It is possible that this mark could be lower than the original mark.
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Visual perception and cognition, specifically role of attention in visual perception, interaction of visual pathways and role emotion in visual cognition
AsPr Mark Edwards
AsPr Mark Edwards