Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Explores the current understanding about brain biology, biochemistry and cognition. Students examine the traditional naturopathic knowledge and approach to cognition and a healthy brain alongside modern neuroanatomical and physiological understandings and an evidence-based approach. Taking a whole system approach, the unit also investigates the impact of other body systems on cognition.

Unit content

Topic 1: Overview of cognition and the relationship with biology

Topic 2: Traditional naturopathic approach to maintaining a healthy brain

Topic 3: Neurotransmitters and psychopharmacology

Topic 4: The effect of diet, nutrition, exercise and stress on the healthy brain

Topic 5: Social psychology and emotional intelligence

Topic 6: Whole systems approach to brain function.


Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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