INTRODUCTION TO BEHAVIOURAL NEUROSCIENCE 1B

PSY1BNB

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Behavioural neuroscience has developed by linking knowledge and techniques from a number of traditionally biological and medical disciplines to the knowledge and techniques of the behavioural sciences in general, and psychology in particular. Among the disciplines critical to an understanding of the relationship between behaviour and biological processes are physiology, genetics, pharmacology, anatomy, endocrinology, and immunology, especially as these pertain to brain processes. This knowledge is applied in PSY1BNB to allow us to explain how hormonal changes, sensory information, developmental principles, nutrition, and memory all 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 subjectsN/A

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 an oral presentation and written assessments. Formative: Workshop Exercises. Summative: A mark for use of references is built into marking criteria for written assessments and the Oral Presentation (approximately 10% for each piece of assessment).

02. Students will use empirical evidence to prepare a persuasive argument on a prescribed topic in neuroscience.

Activities:
Task: Prepare an argument on a topic in neuroscience provided at the start of semester, and present this in the form of a written essay and an oral presentation. Formative: Workshop Exercises. Summative: Students will be assessed on the written assignment(20% of total subject mark) and on the oral presentation (10% of total subject mark).

03. Students will critically analyse research to define the key terms and issues to identify lines of evidence to support an argument for or against a prescribed topic in neuroscience.

Activities:
Task: Independently critically analyse research to define the key terms and issues of two issues in neuroscience to identify key lines of evidence to support an argument for or against this issue Formative: Workshop Exercises. Summative: Logic and Content, and Organisation and Argument contributes to 40% and 20% of the total mark for each written assessment, respectively.

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 40% and 20% of the total mark for each written assessment, respectively.

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 each written assessment 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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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMatthew Hale

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via video conference.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 1,500-word laboratory report30 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
one 90 min examination (1500 word equivalent)40 06, 07
one-oral poster presentation (500 word equivalent)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 06
12 weekly muliple choice quizzes (1000 word equivalent)20 01, 03, 04, 05, 06

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMatthew Hale

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via video conference.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 1,500-word laboratory report30 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
one 90 min examination (1500 word equivalent)40 06, 07
one-oral poster presentation (500 word equivalent)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 06
12 weekly muliple choice quizzes (1000 word equivalent)20 01, 03, 04, 05, 06

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMatthew Hale

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 1,500-word laboratory report30 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
one 90 min examination (1500 word equivalent)40 06, 07
one-oral poster presentation (500 word equivalent)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 06
12 weekly muliple choice quizzes (1000 word equivalent)20 01, 03, 04, 05, 06