20 credits at level HE6
1. To appraise and critically evaluate current empirical knowledge and theoretical explanations within a range of biopsychological phenomena.
2. To differentiate and evaluate research methodologies in the context of biopsychological phenomena.
3. To identify current applications of biopsychology and their limitations.
Structure and Function of the brain
Learning and memory
Hormones and sex
Sleeping and dreaming
Eating, drinking and homeostasis
This is a standard 14 week module consisting of 12 weeks of class contact, one study/revision week followed by an end of module time-limited assessment in week 14. Lectures will be used to present material which will be elaborated via structured independent learning using computerized exercises, structured activities and seminars. Two review lectures will be presented within the syllabus where research methods, biological structures and neurotransmitters common to different phenomena will be highlighted. Workshops and seminars are designed to explore in depth the issues covered in lectures and in further reading and independent work and will facilitate the learning outcomes expected at this level. For both coursework and time limited assessments at H3 level, students will be expected to consult primary sources such as journal articles. Workshops and seminars enhance the student experience by allowing students time to engage in small group discussion facilitated by a tutor.
Learning outcome 1 will be assessed by an end of module time limited assessment that will assess breadth and depth of knowledge and critical understanding by means of extended essay answers. The extended essays will assess the degree to which students have studied independently and drawn on current research to inform their views and arguments. Learning outcome 2 will be assessed in an end of module time limited assessment that will evaluate conceptualisation and appreciation of the underpinnings of current knowledge within biopsychology by means of extended essay answers. Learning outcome 2 will also be assessed by the coursework exercise where a single topic area will be independently explored in depth. Learning outcome 3 will be assessed by the coursework exercise where critical evaluation of a selected application of biopsychology should be informed by indpendent reading of current research and review papers.
Module time allocations are:
Class contact = 36 hours
Time limited assessment = 3 hours
Private study = 161 hours (to include recommended reading, independent study, preparation of coursework, and revision)
TOTAL = 200 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||demonstrate knowledge, informed by current research, of theoretical and empirical findings within biopsychology.||assess and evaluate current theoretical models and empirical studies within a range of biopsychological phenomena.|
|2.||appreciate the progressive advancement of knowledge within biopsychology and understand the limitations imposed by the methodologies
synthesise and integrate information from a variety of sources, including primary research and review papers, to reflect upon the development of current
knowledge within biopsychology.
2b. outline and evaluate the particular strengths and
weakness of specific research methodologies used in biopsychology.
|3.||research and critically evaluate information from a range of sources on a selected topic within an applied area of biopsychology.||
undertake a critical evaluation of a selected topic within an applied area of biopsychology in order to illustrate its relevance to basic behaviour and to identify limitations in its application.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Multiple choice exam||3 hour unseen examination|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
* Carlson, N.R. (2003). Physiology of behaviour (8th ed.). USA: Allyn & Bacon .
Kalat, J.W. (2003). Biological psychology (8th ed.). Wadsworth.
Pinel, J.P.J. (2003). Biopsychology 54th ed.). USA: Allyn & Bacon.
Snyder, S.H. (1986). Drugs and the brain. USA: Freeman & Co.
Strange, PG. (1992). Brain biochemistry and brain disorders. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Out of Print but available in Library)
* Key Text
Students will be expected to read and make reference to journal articles in their assessed work.
|Host Subject Group:||Psychology and Life Sciences|
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