Brain and Behaviour provides an introduction to key topics in psychology with an emphasis on their biological basis. Topics include biological psychology, sensation and perception, learning, motivation, emotion, human development, language, and states of consciousness. Key theories and related research findings are introduced through online lecture modules. Practical activities, demonstrations and experiments will deepen understanding of these topics, and research skills will be developed through collecting, interpreting, and communicating research data. This introductory unit is a suitable elective for students from a range of degree pathways.
|Unit name||Brain and Behaviour|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
|Coordinator||Doctor Rebecca St George|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Cradle Coast||Semester 1||On-Campus||International||Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Explain key theories and concepts in biological psychology, sensation and perception, learning, motivation and emotion, human development, language, and states of consciousness.
- Describe how scientific research is used to examine psychological phenomena and underlying biological processes.
- Implement practical skills in research by sourcing, interpreting and communicating scientific information.
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2 hour Online lecture module weekly
1 x 2 hour practical class weekly
2 hours independent learning weekly
|Assessment||Tests and Quizzes (25%)|Written assignment - Essay (35%)|Final Exam (40%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
It is important that you have ongoing access to these required readings, so they will be available for a limited loan period from the University of Tasmania Library collection. You are, however, strongly encouraged to buy these texts as they will be useful resources throughout your study.
• Bernstein, D. A., Pooley, J. A., Cohen, L., Provost, S., & Cranney, J. (2020). Psychology: Australian and New Zealand Edition. (3rd Ed). Australia: Cengage Learning
• American Psychological Association (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Lecturers may recommend articles and chapters relevant to specific content. These recommended readings may be provided for you on MyLO, or you may have to employ your research skills to find the materials through the library.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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