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MEng Computer Science (Human Computer Interaction) with Industrial Experience / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Brain & Behaviour

Unit code PSYC11222
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

Overview

Basic principles of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neurochemistry will be discussed to develop an understanding of how these biological factors underlie human brain function. Topics will include biological basis of emotion, motivation, stress, sleep, autistic, ADHD and substance abuse disorders. Students will become familiar with multidisciplinary methods of investigation through use of behavioural, computational, neuropsychological and neuroimaging tools.

 

Aims

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.

Learning outcomes

Students should be able to:

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 of range of sources (library, Internet, electronic databases) to gather information; Learn to communicate information to concise fashion, develop arguments and adopt appropriate analysis tools and use them effectively; Review and assimilate empirical evidence from a range of scientific disciplines (e.g. biology, psychology and neuroscience). Articulate scientific knowledge in a clear and concise form.

Transferable skills and personal qualities:

Independently gather and select the most relevant information from a body of work through online and library sources; Present concise and persuasive arguments; Develop skills in critical thinking.

Teaching and learning methods

Course unit content will be delivered in twelve 90 minute lectures.  Students requiring further support will be able to attend a drop-in session. Lecture content, supplementary reading and resources and a monitored discussion board will be available via the unit Blackboard site. During the course, practice Multiple Choice and Short Answer Questions will be provided, enabling students to test their knowledge of course content, helping to reinforce the learning of the material, and giving practice for the end of year exam.

Knowledge and understanding

Students should be able to:

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

Students should be able to:

Evaluate theories developed to explain how the brain works; Consider research and scholarship in selected core topics in biological psychology.

Practical skills

Students should be able to:

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; Review and assimilate empirical evidence from a range of scientific disciplines (e.g. biology, psychology and neuroscience). Articulate scientific knowledge in a clear and concise form.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Students should be able to:

Independently gather and select the most relevant information from a body of work through online and library sources; Present concise and persuasive arguments; Develop skills in critical thinking.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

Students will receive a grade and can request a summary of their performance after the exam board. Additionally, students will have opportunities for formative feedback ahead of the exam (practice MCQs and SAQs with model answers) through 3 Blackboard quizzes

Recommended reading

Carlson, N.R. (2015). Foundations of behavioural neuroscience (9th ed.). East Sussex: Taylor & Francis.

N.B. Students will be given a code to access an electronic version of this textbook.

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 18
Independent study hours
Independent study 82

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Gorana Pobric Unit coordinator

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