Courses & Units

Brain and Behaviour PSY112


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
Unit code PSY112
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
Discipline Psychology
Coordinator Doctor Rebecca St George
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010999 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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Teaching Pattern

2 hour Online lecture module weekly

1 x 2 hour practical class weekly

2 hours independent learning weekly


AssessmentTests and Quizzes (25%)|Written assignment - Essay (35%)|Final Exam (40%)
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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.
These texts can be ordered from by searching by course code, course, ISBN and Title. These texts may also be available from the UTAS Co-op bookstore if you are near a university campus.

• 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.

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