Biological 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. PSYC2400 also examines 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.
Forms part of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council's accredited undergraduate sequence in psychology.
PSYC2300, PSYC2500, PSYC3301, PSYC3500
Availability2020 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2020
- Semester 2 - 2020
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Recognise the biological bases of behaviour through knowledge of human neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, genes, hormones and evolution.
2. Describe the ways in which behaviour is dependent on the integration of neural activity at the molecular, cellular and network levels.
3. Integrate fundamental aspects of neurophysiology for the production of simple and complex behaviour at a systems level.
4. Record human physiological activity and relate that to psychological activity.
5. Write a short scientific report that reflects careful, accurate description of procedures and techniques, and demonstrates understanding of the links between data and theory in Biological Psychology.
- Mechanisms of individual neurons
- Ways in which neurons integrate their activity
- Anatomy of neurons and the nervous system
- Mechanisms underlying complex behaviours such as sensory and motor behaviour
- Behavioural consequences of common nervous system disorders
PSYC1010 and PSYC1020. A 1000 level biology course is recommended.
In Term Test: Mid-Semester Exam
Report: Written Lab Report
Formal Examination: Final Formal Exam
Portfolio: Lab Portfolio/Book
Callaghan and Ourimbah
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks starting in week 3
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1