INTRODUCTION TO BEHAVIOURAL NEUROSCIENCE 1A

PSY1BNA

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject serves as an introduction to the biological bases of behaviour. Nerve cells are the basic building blocks of the brain. Therefore their functioning and methods of communicating form the basic principles of brain and nervous system functioning. Hence these units include introductory lectures on the elements of the nervous system that contribute to the conscious and unconscious aspects of behaviour. There is an emphasis on understanding how the cells of the nervous system function and communicate with each other, thus allowing us to explain how sensory information, drugs, and hormonal changes influence behaviour, as well as how behaviour influences the brain.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMatthew Hale

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjects PSY10BN, PSY11BNA

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBiological psychology: An introduction to behavioral, cognitive and clinical neurosciencePrescribedBreedlove, SM, & Watson, NV, 20137TH ED. SUNDERLAND, MA: SINAUER ASSOCIATES, INC

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Students will identify and use appropriate information sources to support a written argument.

Activities:
Task: Use library resources, search databases and access journal articles in order to provide reference information for written assessments. Formative: Workshop Exercises. Summative: A mark for use of references is built into marking criteria for written assessments (approximately 10% for each piece of assessment).

02. Students will use empirical evidence to prepare and write an argument on a prescribed topic.

Activities:
Task: Critically evaluate the evidences in support of a theory in neuroscience using previous studies for evidences. Formative:Workshop Exercises. Summative: Students will be assessed on a written assignment (1500 words) (25% of total subject mark).

03. Students will critically analyse research to define the key terms and issues to identify lines of evidences to support an argument on a prescribed issue in neuroscience.

Activities:
Task: Critically evaluate the evidences in support of a theory in neuroscience using previous studies for evidences. Formative: Workshop Exercises. Summative: Students will be assessed on a written assignment (1500 words) (25% of total subject mark).

04. Students will be able to develop a logical and well supported written argument and conclusion based on empirical evidence.

Activities:
Formative: Workshop Exercises. Summative: Logic and Content, and Organisation and Argument contribute to 60% of the total mark for the essay.

05. Students will be able to present all written work in current edition APA format.

Activities:
Formative: Workshop Exercises. Summative:Ten percent of the grade awarded to the essay is based on correct APA formatting, a further 10% is awarded for general presentation and writing style

06. Students will learn the ethical guidelines governing good academic conduct (e.g. plagiarism and collusion)

Activities:
Formative: Workshop Exercises and Turnitin.

07. Students will develop and apply an understanding of key areas of neuroscience.

Activities:
Formative: Workshop Exercises. Summative: Examination Questions.

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Albury-Wodonga, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMatthew Hale

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via video conference.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1 x in-class practical examination (500 word equivalent)15 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
10 x online mulitple choice quizzes (1000 word equivalent)20 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
1 x 1500 word essay25 01, 02, 03, 04, 06
1 x 90 minute examination (1500 word equivalent)40 06, 07

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMatthew Hale

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via video conference.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1 x in-class practical examination (500 word equivalent)15 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
10 x online mulitple choice quizzes (1000 word equivalent)20 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
1 x 1500 word essay25 01, 02, 03, 04, 06
1 x 90 minute examination (1500 word equivalent)40 06, 07

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMatthew Hale

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1 x in-class practical examination (500 word equivalent)15 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
10 x online mulitple choice quizzes (1000 word equivalent)20 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
1 x 1500 word essay25 01, 02, 03, 04, 06
1 x 90 minute examination (1500 word equivalent)40 06, 07