Module code: PSY2025

Module provider


Module Leader

STERR AM Prof (Psychology)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY (6 PAGES) 25
Examination EXAM (90 MINUTES) 75

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Pre-requisites are Biological Psychology 1 (MM), Cognitive Psychology 1 (MM) and Developmental Psychology 1 (MM)

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

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Content includes:

Communication & Language
Learning & Memory
Motivation: General Concepts
Hunger, Eating, Eating Disorders
Sexual Behaviour
Brain Plasticity
Acquired Brain Injury & Neurodegenerative Diseases
Anxiety Disorder and Schizophrenia

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Provide students with fundamental knowledge about biological psychology and the ability to critique the conclusions of the knowledge base.

Provide basic knowledge about structure and function of the nervous system.

Provide an understanding of the many ways in which biopsychological research contributes to our human behaviour, cognition, and motivations / emotions.

Give students the skills to critically evaluate theories and evidence in biological psychology.

Develop the critical understanding of advantages and disadvantages of major research methods used in biological psychology.

Develop essay writing skills.

The learning and teaching methods include:

11 x 2 hours lectures with multimedia presentations

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

fundamental knowledge about biological psychology and the ability to criticise the conclusions of the knowledge base. a capacity to explain how research questions form and change in social psychology
a capacity to explai the many ways in which biopsychological research contributes to our understanding of human behaviour, cognition, and motivations / emotions.
an ability to critically evaluate the appropriateness of different methodological approaches to biological psychological problems

Outcomes 1 and 2 will be assessed by essay-based examination. Outcome 3 will be assessed by an essay on a selected method in biological psychology.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         One 90 minute unseen essay format examination (75%) (in formal semester exam period)

·         One essay (25%)

Formative assessment and feedback

Feedback on essay
Verbal feedback in lectures

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Sociology with Psychology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

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.