BIOLOGICAL BASES OF PSYCHOLOGY 2 - 2017/8

Module code: PSY2024

Module provider

Psychology

Module Leader

STERR AM Prof (Psychology)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

15

Framework

FHEQ Level 5

JACs code

C860

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 118

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 10

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 6 PAGE REPORT 25%
Examination 90 MINUTE EXAMINATION 75%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Pre-requisites are PSY1024 Biological Psychology 1 (LAS) and PSY1025 Cognitive Psychology 1 (LAS) Co-requisite is PSY2021 Cognitive Psychology 2 (LAS)

Module overview

This course is intended to cover the core BPS curriculum in biological psychology and as such is a broad coverage module dealing with a range of topics in the sub-discipline. Lectures will provide an understanding about the relationship between behaviour, cognition, emotions, and biology/neuroscience in a number of given topics.

Module aims

To provide an understanding of the relationship between behaviour, cognition, emotions,and biology/neuroscience in a number of specific topics

To increase the knowledge about important principles and methodology of neuroscience

To practically apply the biosychological knowledge in a self-designed research project

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
An appreciation of the many ways in which biopsychological research contributes to our human behaviour, cognition, and motivations / emotions K
Critically reflect on neuroscientific theories and related evidence KCT
Advanced scientific essay writing skills PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Content includes:


Motivation
Eating Behaviour
Emotion
Memory
Learning
Language & Communication
Sleep
Neurological Disorders
Mental Disorders
Motor Processes

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 neuroscientific methods applied in 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
independent study

Assessment Strategy

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 essay-based examination (75%) in the formal semester exam period

·         One essay (25%) critically evaluating the application of biopsychological methods within Psychology

Formative assessment and feedback

·         Verbal feedback in the lectures through interactive quizzes and discussions

·         Written Feedback on essay

Reading list

Reading list for BIOLOGICAL BASES OF PSYCHOLOGY 2 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/psy2024

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.