BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY WITH RESEARCH METHODS 1 - 2017/8
Module code: PSY1016
VIOLANTE I Dr (Psychology)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 4
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 4
Independent Study Hours: 124
Lecture Hours: 22
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||4 PAGE ESSAY||25|
|Examination||90 MINUTE MCQ EXAMINATION||75|
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
This module will give an introduction into biological psychology. Architecture and basic functions of the nervous system will be covered. This will be important to understand the biological bases of psychological processes and disorders.
In recent years there is growing interest in the biological bases of psychological phenomena. For a better understanding of psychological processes in healthy humans as well as in patients suffering from psychological or neurological disorders it is necessary to understand how the nervous system is built and how it works. Basic architecture and fundamental functions of the nervous system will be taught and there is a strong aim to link these functions with psychologically relevant topics
|1||Demonstrate a basic knowledge about structure and function of the nervous system as listed below||K|
|2||Appreciate the many ways in which biopsychological research contributes to our understanding of human behaviour, cognition, and motivations / emotions||KC|
|3||Demonstrate an understanding of basic neuro-scientific methods used in modern biological psychology||KC|
|4||Demonstrate an ability to critically assess application of these methods in published work||KCT|
|5||Demonstrate a basic capacity to structure and write a research-based critical evaluation of empirical work in biological psychology||CPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Introduction to Biological Psychology: What is Biological Psychology? What do we need it for?
Ethics in Biopsychology
Neural Resting Membrane Potential and Action Potential
Synaptic Transmission of Information in the Nervous System
Development of the Nervous System
Wiring of the Brain
Important Neurotransmitter Systems & Psychopharmacology
Neural Bases of the Visual System
Neural Bases of Non-visual Sensory Systems
Neural Bases of Motor Control
Tutorials on Research Methods:
(week 3) Theoretical overview over different methodological approaches in biological psychology – lecture style; distribution of simple empirical articles using event-related potentials, functional MRI or transcranial magnetic stimulation as primary method – these articles are required reading for discussion in tutorial 2;
(week 5) Discussion in small groups – each group member has read an article in which one of three bio-psychological methods (ERP, fMRI, TMS) was used; each group member explains the article to the rest of the small group;
The method described in the essay needs to be a different one than the method presented in the small group discussion.
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
provide students with fundamental knowledge about biological psychology and the many ways in which biopsychological research contributes to our understanding of human behaviour, cognition, and motivations / emotions
provide basic knowledge about structure and function of the nervous system.
develop the critical understanding of advantages and disadvantages of major research methods used in biological psychology.
engage students to criticise the conclusions of the knowledge base.
equip students with skills to critically evaluate theories and evidence in biological psychology.
The learning and teaching methods include:
11 x 2 hours lectures partly with multimedia presentations and/or interactive discussion
2 x 2 hours tutorials with small group discussions
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate each of the learning outcomes
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
One 90 minute unseen 60-item MCQ examination (75%) in the formal semester exam period
One research methods essay (25%) critically evaluating the usefulness of a particular neuroscientific method for a given research question
Formative assessment and feedback
Verbal feedback in the lectures through interactive quizzes and discussions
Verbal feedback during tutorials on article group discussions by the lecturer and peers
Written Feedback on research methods essay
Reading list for BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY WITH RESEARCH METHODS 1 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/psy1016
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