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Gold Coast
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Unit description

Provides a thorough overview of the structures and functions of the human brain for the professional and/or academic psychologist. This knowledge is supplemented with consideration of the neural mechanisms of memory and learning, communication, and complex human behaviour. In addition, students will engage with modern neuroscientific research methods and findings and write two research reports related to these areas.

Unit content

  • Structure and function of the central nervous system
  • Nerve cells and synapses
  • Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Vision and audition
  • Movement and sensation
  • Memory and learning
  • Language

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 advanced understanding of the basic anatomy and processes of the central nervous system
2demonstrate an advanced understanding of the processes that form the basis of neural functioning and the contributions made to behaviours by endogenous and exogenous chemicals
3relate neural phenomena and the functioning of sensory systems to their roles in human experience
4critically analyse and interpret experimental data relating to physiological psychology and sensory processes and report on conclusions
5communicate the substance of psychological explanations in a format consistent with accepted practice in psychology
6integrate information about psychobiological structures and processes, human experience, and behaviour

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

  1. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the basic anatomy and processes of the central nervous system
  2. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the processes that form the basis of neural functioning and the contributions made to behaviours by endogenous and exogenous chemicals
  3. relate neural phenomena and the functioning of sensory systems to their roles in human experience
  4. critically analyse and interpret experimental data relating to physiological psychology and sensory processes and report on conclusions
  5. communicate the substance of psychological explanations in a format consistent with accepted practice in psychology
  6. integrate information about psychobiological structures and processes, human experience, and behaviour

Prescribed texts

  • This book is available from Cengage as an ebook and SCU Co-op in Lismore as a Hard copy: Kalat, JW, 2019, Biological Psychology, 13th edition, Cengage Learning, Australia. ISBN: 1337 408 204.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hours (11 weeks)
Assessment
Report30%
Report40%
Exam: take home30%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Report30%
Report40%
Exam: take home30%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hours (11 weeks )
Assessment
Report30%
Report40%
Exam: take home30%
Notice

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the teaching period.

Fee information

Domestic

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International

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