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Psychology: Biological Bases of Behaviour (PSY351)

Organisational Unit School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Credit Points 4
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit introduces students to the biological foundations of human behaviour. Topics include the organisation and function of the nervous system, the physiological basis of sensory experiences and movement, the psychophysiology of motivational states such as sleep, temperature and eating, and the neurobiology of cognitive processes such as language and memory. Biological influences on emotion and psychopathology, and the impact of negative emotions on health, will also be addressed.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: online; tutorials: 6 x 2 hours per teaching period.
Assessment Assignment 1 (Essay 15%):
-Ability to critically assess empirical literature
-Understanding of how key research methods in this area
-Ability to write in a concise, formal, academic style

Assignment 2 (Lab Report 30%):
-Evaluate the relationship between mental states, behaviour and physiological responses
-Write an APA style, formal lab report
-Critically consider experimental design and interpret data in psychophysiological research

Participation in lab activities (5%):
- Be able to take some basic psychophysiological measures
- Engage in discussion about how brain function is associated with various cognitive functions

Exam (50%):
- Have knowledge and understanding of the main perspectives, methodologies, and topic areas with Physiological Psychology and Neuropsychology.
Prerequisites PSY173 Introduction to Psychological Research Methods and PSY212 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis. PSY211 Psychological Methods I and PSY212 Psychological Methods II may be substituted for these units, respectively.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PSY314 Psychology of Motivation and Emotion or PSY251 Biological Bases of Behaviour may not enrol in this unit for credit.
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Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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