• Class Number 6295
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Mark Edwards
    • AsPr Mark Edwards
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
    • Kate Thomson
    • Imogen Clarke
    • Nicholas Wyche
    • Clare Molloy
SELT Survey Results

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply critical analysis skills to evaluate research studies and conclusions.
  2. Critically analyse and explain the fundamental concepts and major themes in how information is processed by the brain.
  3. Compare and contrast particular approaches to studying brain function with respect to their use to answer a particular research question.
  4. Evaluate the link between psychological and brain functioning and explain how these links can be investigated.
  5. 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

Required Resources

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.

Staff Feedback

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

Student Feedback

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.

Other Information

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

Class Schedule

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. Week 1 Admin & overview 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 Continued Determining brain structure & function Laboratory Class: Psychology v neuroscience (Basis of essay)
3 Week 3 Continued
4 Week 4 The Eye and Receptive fields
5 Week 5 Cortical organisation & processing Cortical development Laboratory Class: Cortical cell tuning
6 Week 6 Continued Colour perception & abnormalities
7 Week 7 Continued Memory: Consolidation & Storage
8 Week 8 Continued
9 Week 9 Continued Multiple processing pathways & stages
10 Week 10 Continued Multiple processing pathways & stages Laboratory Class: Ethics
11 Week 11 Continued Clinical neuropsychology
12 Week 11 Continued

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Lab Quizzes 0 % 1,2,3,4
Essay 35 % 1,2,3,4,5
Final Exam 65 % 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


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

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

Value: 0 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Lab Quizzes

There are 4 quizzes due over the semester. Given the difficulty of doing them online, they will not be worth any marks. Their aim is to try to keep students up to date with the lecture content.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 35 %
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

Value: 65 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Final Exam

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.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

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.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

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

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.

Referencing Requirements

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.

Returning Assignments

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

Re-marking policy

If you have any questions about the assessment of a submitted piece of work, or if you wish to have some of the comments clarified, you may approach the staff member responsible for marking the assignment to arrange an appointment where you can discuss your concerns. If, after such discussion, you feel that a piece of work has not been adequately assessed, the following procedure applies:

(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.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

AsPr Mark Edwards
6125 5530

Research Interests

Visual perception and cognition, specifically role of attention in visual perception, interaction of visual pathways and role emotion in visual cognition

AsPr Mark Edwards

By Appointment
AsPr Mark Edwards
6125 5530

Research Interests

AsPr Mark Edwards

By Appointment
Kate Thomson
6125 2796

Research Interests

Kate Thomson

Imogen Clarke
6125 2796

Research Interests

Imogen Clarke

Nicholas Wyche

Research Interests

Nicholas Wyche

Clare Molloy
6125 2796

Research Interests

Clare Molloy

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