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BSc Psychology

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Brain & Behaviour

Unit code PSYC11212
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Division of Psychology and Mental Health
Available as a free choice unit? No


The course material will be delivered via lectures (with associated e-learning resources) and will be supported with 4 seminars.  


The unit aims to:

Introduce students to the structure and function of the brain as it affects behaviour. It will focus on how human and animal research, the effects of brain injury and the latest neuroimaging techniques can be used to explain the brain processes that underpin behaviour and cognition.




Teaching and learning methods

This course will consist of 18 hours of lectures and 4 X 1-hour seminar classes.

E-learning provision: Lecture content, supplementary reading and resources, and a monitored discussion board will be provided via Blackboard.


Knowledge and understanding

  • develop a sound understanding of biological psychology
  • gain a working knowledge of basic brain terminology and functioning
  • understand  how the brain is able to process complex information and respond accordingly
  • have an appreciation of the methods used to study the brain

Intellectual skills

  • evaluate theories developed to explain how the brain works
  • consider research and scholarship in selected core topics in biological psychology

Practical skills

  • use a range of sources (library, internet, electronic databases) to gather information
  • learn to communicate information in a concise fashion, develop arguments and adopt appropriate analysis tools and use them effectively
  • construct a written argument based around appropriate empirical evidence

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • independently gather and select the most relevant information from a body of work through online and library sources
  • presenting concise and persuasive arguments
  • produce a written summary of research for
  • work effectively in a team
  • develop skills in critical thinking

Assessment methods

A 500 word short argument worth 30% and a 90 minute MCQ exam worth 70%

Feedback methods

Short argument feedback will be in written from. Feedback on the exam will be made available after the exam period.


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 18
Seminars 4
Independent study hours
Independent study 78

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Gorana Pobric Unit coordinator

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