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Unit description

Learners explore current understanding regarding brain biology, biochemistry and cognition. The unit also investigates the impact of biopsychosociocultural factors on brain function. Following this, learners examine  an evidence-based, patient-centred, integrative approach to cognition and a healthy brain.

Unit content

Topic 1: Overview of cognition and the relationship with biology

Topic 2: Neurotransmitters and psychopharmacology

Topic 3: Biopsychosociocultural interactions and brain function.

Topic 4: Integrative approach to maintaining a healthy brain

Topic 5: The effect of diet, nutrition and exercise on the healthy brain

Topic 6: Mind-body therapies and the healthy brain

 

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between biology, biochemistry and cognitionIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2evaluate the role of neurotransmitters and psychopharmacological approachesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3illustrate a critical understanding of the interactions between diverse biopsychosociocultural factors and brain functionIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4discuss the integrative approach to maintaining a healthy brainIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
5critically evaluate the role of diet, nutrition and exercise on brain functionIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
6critically examine the role of mind-body therapies on brain functionIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between biology, biochemistry and cognition
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. evaluate the role of neurotransmitters and psychopharmacological approaches
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. illustrate a critical understanding of the interactions between diverse biopsychosociocultural factors and brain function
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. discuss the integrative approach to maintaining a healthy brain
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. critically evaluate the role of diet, nutrition and exercise on brain function
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  6. critically examine the role of mind-body therapies on brain function
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning Self paced (Self paced)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Infographic35%
Literature review55%
Notice

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Fee information

Domestic

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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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