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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 evidence-based, patient-centred, integrative approaches 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 approaches 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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between biology, biochemistry and cognition
2evaluate the role of neurotransmitters and psychopharmacological approaches
3illustrate a critical understanding of the interactions between diverse biopsychosociocultural factors and brain function
4discuss integrative approaches to maintaining a healthy brain
5critically evaluate the role of diet, nutrition and exercise on brain function
6critically examine the role of mind-body therapies on brain function

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between biology, biochemistry and cognition
  2. evaluate the role of neurotransmitters and psychopharmacological approaches
  3. illustrate a critical understanding of the interactions between diverse biopsychosociocultural factors and brain function
  4. discuss integrative approaches to maintaining a healthy brain
  5. critically evaluate the role of diet, nutrition and exercise on brain function
  6. critically examine the role of mind-body therapies on brain function

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning Self paced (Self paced)
Assessment
Quiz15%
Infographic 30%
Literature review55%
Notice

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Fee information

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