|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
A basic understanding of the structure of the nervous system and of genetics is preferable. These can be acquired by extra reading.
To give a general introduction to the role of physiological mechanisms in psychological phenomena, focussing especially (but not exclusively) on neurochemicals and hormones.
All our behaviour has a biological basis. The body and the brain form a vast interconnected system, in which everything affects everything else: stress and drugs can affect sleep patterns; hormones affect behaviour; sleep affects hormones and stress levels, etc. In this module, you will learn the basic mechanisms that underlie sleep and biological rhythms, sex, drug abuse, the effects of many drugs (from coffee to cocaine) on our bodies, stress, emotion and depression. You will also find out how these factors interact with each other in our bodies, and as such influence the way we behave.
Sex Hormones and their actions
Drug actions and Drug abuse
Sleep and Biological Rhythms
Stress and Mood Disorders
To understand the interaction between physiological mechanisms and psychological phenomena.
To be familiar with basic biological concepts in psychology (such as hormone action, neurotransmitter systems, biological rhythms, etc) and be able to apply them to human behaviour.
Cognitive skills: Integrate information from different topics; understand and apply theoretical concepts; understand relevant critical issues.
Key Skills: Work independently; take responsibility for one’s own learning and intellectual development.
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||24||1:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||3||1:00||3:00||Practice questions on Blackboard|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||73:00||73:00||Revision and General reading|
This is a core module in biopsychology, aiming to familiarize the students with a body of factual knowledge, which is best brought across using large group lectures, which include clarification and discussion of the lecture material. Private study is essential for better integration and in-depth review of the lecture material.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|PC Examination||90||2||A||100||unseen, 50% Multiple Choice Questions, 50% integrative and applied short-answer questions|
The written examination will test factual knowledge, independent learning and understanding of the material relevant to the module, as well as the ability to apply the material to everyday problems and to integrate across the material covered. Multiple choice questions allow me to probe a large number of facts, while the short-answer questions allow me to assess the students’ in-depth understanding of mechanisms and their applications.
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