INTRODUCTION TO BEHAVIOURAL NEUROSCIENCE 1B

PSY1BNB

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The ability to sense and respond to our environment is critical to the survival of all living things, from the simplest of single celled organisms right up to complicated animals like us. In this subject, we will explore how we sense our environment, and how our brains use this information to guide behaviour. We will focus on four broad areas; first, we'll investigate the senses, smell, taste, vision, hearing, and touch. Then, we'll learn how hormones affect multiple body systems to get us ready to act on our environment. Next, we'll learn about the internal processes that keep our bodies working efficiently. Finally, we'll uncover the mechanisms of learning and memory.


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
ReadingsBehavioral NeurosciencePrescribedBreedlove, SM, & Watson, NV, 20178TH ED. SUNDERLAND, MA: SINAUER ASSOCIATES, INC.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop and apply an understanding of key areas of neuroscience to human and animal behavior.

Activities:
Formative: Workshop exercises. Summative: Online quizzes (25% of total subject mark), oral presentation (15% of total subject mark), laboratory report (30% of total subject mark), and examination questions (30% of total subject mark).

02. Identify and use appropriate information sources in behavioural neuroscience to support oral and written arguments.

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

03. Evaluate methodology and experimental outcomes in key areas of behavioural neuroscience and suggest possible directions for future research.

Activities:
Independently critically analyse behavioural neuroscience research to define the key terms and identify lines of evidence to support an oral or written argument. Formative: Workshop Exercises. Summative: Oral presentation (15% of total subject mark) and laboratory report (30% of total subject mark)

04. Develop logical, well supported and appropriately referenced written arguments and conclusions based on empirical evidence.

Activities:
Formative: Workshop Exercises. Summative: Laboratory report (30% of total subject mark)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2020, 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*
Individual Laboratory report (1500 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04
1 hour multiple choice question exam (1500 word equivalent)30 01
Individual Oral presentation (500 word equivalent)15 01, 02, 03, 04
12 weekly muliple choice quizzes (1000 word equivalent)25 01

Bendigo, 2020, 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*
Individual Laboratory report (1500 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04
1 hour multiple choice question exam (1500 word equivalent)30 01
Individual Oral presentation (500 word equivalent)15 01, 02, 03, 04
12 weekly muliple choice quizzes (1000 word equivalent)25 01

Melbourne, 2020, 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*
Individual Laboratory report (1500 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04
1 hour multiple choice question exam (1500 word equivalent)30 01
Individual Oral presentation (500 word equivalent)15 01, 02, 03, 04
12 weekly muliple choice quizzes (1000 word equivalent)25 01