- Code PSYC2007
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Psychology
- Areas of interest Human Sciences, Psychology, Neuroscience
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe 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.
- Apply critical analysis skills to evaluate research studies and conclusions.
- Explain the link between psychological and brain functioning.
- Evaluate the relative utility of a psychological compared to a neuroscience approach, including the role of factors such as culture and group affiliation.
- Communicate effectively to diverse audiences the fundamental concepts and major themes regarding how information is processed by the brain.
Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) required competencies:
As part of the mandatory requirements from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), students must demonstrate the specific competencies listed in the learning outcomes for this course. For example, presentations assess the required demonstration of oral communication skills. Some students may be eligible to have recommended reasonable adjustments applied to materials, activities or assessment tasks provided the integrity of the course, and the competencies being assessed, are maintained.
For more information, please contact the Course Convenor.
- Essay (2000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Presentation (10) [LO 2,3,4,6]
- Lab participation (5) [LO 1,6]
- Exam (55) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour in-person lectures per week (24 hours across the semester), and approximately 10 hours of laboratory classes spread across the semester.
- Approximately 96 hours of self-directed study which will include viewing 1.5 hours of recorded lectures per week in preparation for in-person lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Kalat, J. W. (2015). Biological psychology (12th Ed.)
Students with another relevant psychology or neuroscience course may be able to seek permission to enrol.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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- 6 units
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|Class start date
|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|22 Jul 2024
|29 Jul 2024
|31 Aug 2024
|25 Oct 2024