The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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.

Forms part of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council's accredited undergraduate sequence in psychology.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.


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.

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

Assumed knowledge

PSYC1010, PSYC1020, STAT1070. A 1000 level biology course is recommended.

Assessment items

In Term Test: Assignment 1: Mid-Semester Exam

Report: Assignment 2: Written Lab Report

Formal Examination: Final Formal Exam

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks starting in week 2


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1