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PSYC12-214: Biological Psychology

Description

This is a basic subject in biological psychology, the branch of psychology that seeks to understand human and animal behaviour in terms of the activity of the brain and related nervous system structures. Major research findings in biological psychology have significant implications for medical, psychiatric, and clinical psychological treatments and for philosophical issues such as the relationship between mind and brain. This subject deals with the biological bases of human behaviour, including the nervous system, especially the brain and the hormonal system. Influences on these systems, such as injury, illness and drugs, are also considered. This subject also aims to develop a critical thinking perspective on issues and findings in psychological research.

Subject details

TypeUndergraduate
CodePSYC12-214
EFTSL0.125
FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2018 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2019 [Standard Offering]
Credit10
Study abroadAvailable to Study Abroad students
Study areas
  • Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2018: $4,247
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,290

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate understanding of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in biological psychology and neuroscience,
2. Describe, apply, and evaluate the different research methods used by psychologists,
3. Respect and use critical and creative thinking, sceptical enquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behaviour and mental processes,
4. Use information in an ethical manner,
5. Write a standard review of research and theory using APA structure and formatting conventions, and
6. Demonstrate a capacity for independent learning.

Prerequisites

Pre-requisite(s): Nil
Recommended Pre/Co-requisites: PSYC11-100 or PSYC11-101; PSYC11-105

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard
Enrolment opens16/07/2017
Semester start11/09/2017
Subject start11/09/2017
Cancellation 1?25/09/2017
Cancellation 2?02/10/2017
Last enrolment24/09/2017
Last withdrawal?06/10/2017
Teaching census?06/10/2017
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/07/2018
Semester start10/09/2018
Subject start10/09/2018
Cancellation 1?24/09/2018
Cancellation 2?01/10/2018
Last enrolment23/09/2018
Last withdrawal?05/10/2018
Teaching census?05/10/2018