Biological Psychology

Course code PSYC2400Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

PSYC2400 forms part of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council's accredited undergraduate sequence in psychology. It examines the biological bases of behaviour in terms of human anatomy, physiology, and evolution and includes selected topics in neuroscience and their relevance to psychology. The laboratory program extends and develops the lecture material and provides additional practical topics that introduce students to basic research methods and techniques in Biological Psychology.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThis course will:

1. Provide an introduction to the biological basis of behaviour through knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, evolution and neurophysiology.
2. Provide a foundation for developing an understanding of the ways in which behaviour is dependant on the integration of neural activity at the molecular, cellular and systems level.
3. Enable students to relate fundamental aspects of neurophysiology to the production of simple and complex behaviour.

PSYC2400 includes a significant laboratory component which provides students with resources and training to develop basic skills in :
1. practical techniques in the Biological Psychology.
2. research methodology and design relevant to Biological Psychology.
ContentBiological Psychology is the study of the biological bases of behaviour. PSYC2400 covers core introductory topics in Biological Psychology which examine the way in which the nervous system integrates activity at many levels, from the micro level of molecular changes in nerve cells to a macro level of whole systems. These topics include:
1) the mechanisms of individual neurons;
2) the ways in which neurons integrate their activity;
3) the anatomy of neurons and the nervous system;
4) the mechanisms underlying complex behaviours such as sensory and motor behaviour;
5) the behavioural consequences of common nervous system disorders.

Related courses:
PSYC2300, PSYC2500, PSYC3301, PSYC3400, PSYC3500, PSYC3501
Replacing Course(s)PSYC2080
TransitionStudents who have done PSYC2080 will not have to do PSYC2400.
PSYC2400 not to count with PSYC2080.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePSYC1010, PSYC1020, STAT1070. A 1000 level biology course is recommended.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassMid-term examination
Examination: FormalA formal exam covering all lecture and lab topics.
Quiz - On-lineWeekly on-line quiz
ReportsLaboratory reports
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory lab induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PSYC2400