Advanced Topics in Biological, Cognitive & Developmental Psychology

Course code PSYC4400Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

This course forms part of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council accredited sequence.
Students participate in in-depth seminars and discussions in an advanced topic related to a specific area of cognitive or biological or developmental psychology defined by the seminar leader. A wide range of topics are available every year and these vary from year to year.
Students CANNOT take PSYC4400 with ANY of the following courses:
PSYC6740 or PSYC6750.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the successfull completion of this course, students will further develop their ability to:
1. demonstrate knowledge in their topic area at an advanced level.
2. conduct a targeted literature search to identify critical issues and theoretical perspectives relevant to the specific topic;
3. critically evaluate and integrate perspectives on the topic;
4. prepare and present a powerpoint presentation that integrates this information, analyses the topic in depth and presents
this information in an interesting and comprehensible manner;
5. identify critical readings for the class and discussants;
6. participate as discussant in leading a conversation regarding critical issues relevant to the topic, thereby developing
informed discussion and debate skills;
7. integrate critical issues and theoretical information relevant to the seminar topic in an essay with appropriate
interpretation and evaluation.
ContentThis course deals with current research in the areas of biological, cognitive, and developmental psychology. A list of topics will be available at the beginning of the semester.
TransitionStudents CANNOT take PSYC4400 with ANY of the following courses:
PSYC6740 or PSYC6750.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents enrolling in Psychology 4000 level courses should have successfully completed all 240 units of the BPsychology program at the 1000-3000 levels or an APS accredited sequence in Psychology (yrs 1-3)
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Group/tutorial participation and contributionStudents are required to participate as discussant on 2 presentations by other students
Presentations - IndividualStudents will prepare a short presentation and a powerpoint file on a key topic in the area of study.
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the BPsychology, BArts(Hons), BScience(Hons), BSocScience(Hons)