Module Catalogue 2014/15

PSY2007 : Biological Psychology: Sex, Drugs, Rhythms and Blues

  • Offered for Year: 2014/15
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Tom Smulders
  • Owning School: Psychology
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

A basic understanding of the structure of the nervous system and of genetics is preferable. These can be acquired by extra reading.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

None

Aims

To give a general introduction to the role of physiological mechanisms in psychological phenomena, focussing especially (but not exclusively) on neurochemicals and hormones.

Original Summary:
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.

Outline Of Syllabus

Sex Hormones and their actions
Drug actions and Drug abuse
Sleep and Biological Rhythms
Stress and Mood Disorders

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

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.

Intended Skill Outcomes

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

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Decision Making : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Assessed
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Written Other : Assessed

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion31:003:00Practice questions on Blackboard
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study173:0073:00Revision and General reading
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination902A100unseen, 50% Multiple Choice Questions, 50% integrative and applied short-answer questions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

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