BRAIN AND BEHAVIOUR WITH RESEARCH METHODS - 2017/8

Module code: PSYM092

Module provider

Psychology

Module Leader

VIOLANTE I Dr (Psychology)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

C811

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 4

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY (2000 WORDS) 25%
Examination EXAM (90 MINUTES) 75%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

A mark of 50% is required to pass each unit of the module.

Module overview

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.

 

Module aims

Provide knowledge about the structural anatomy and function of the brain.  

Provide a critical understanding of the relationship between behaviour, cognition, motivations / emotions, and biology/neuroscience in a number of specific topics.

Increase the knowledge about important principles and methodology of neuroscience.

Apply the bio-psychological / neuroscience research methods knowledge by critically discussing research articles with in the neuroscience research methods such as fMRI, EEG, and TMS.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate knowledge about structure and function of the nervous system K
Critically reflect on neuroscientific theories and related evidence KCT
Demonstrate an understanding of basic neuroscientific methods used in modern biological psychology and an ability to critically assess application of these methods in published work KCPT
Demonstrate a basic capacity to structure and write a research-based critical evaluation of empirical work in biological psychology work PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Lectures


What is Biological Psychology? What do we need it for?
Ethical Considerations in Biological Psychology
Brain Structure & Neurodevelopment
Brain Cells
Neural Transmission
Chemical Control of Brain & Behaviour
Genetics & Evolution
Sensory Systems & Pain
Motor Control & Movement Disorders
Motivation & Emotion
Sleep & Sleep Disorders
Memory & Amnesia, Dementia


 

Tutorials on Research Methods


Theoretical overview over different methodological approaches in biological psychology - lecture style; distribution of simple empirical articles using event-related potentials (ERPs), functional MRI or transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as primary method - these articles are required reading for discussion in tutorial 2
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 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 ability to critise 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 bio-psychological 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
2 x 2 hours tutorials with small group discussions


All lecture and workshop notes, the reading lists, and additional learning materials are uploaded on SurreyLearn. There will be also SurreyLearn discussion board facilities for the MSc students which will help them to exchange learning experiences.

Assessment Strategy

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

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


One Biological / Neuroscience research methods essay (25%)
One 90 minute unseen essay format examination (75%) in the formal semester exam period


Formative assessment


Brief knowledge questions in lectures testing the understanding of core concepts.
Discussions of resrearch articles testing the understanding of research methods during the tutorial


Feedback


Verbal feedback in the lectures
Verbal feedback during tutorials on article group discussions by the lecturer and peers
Written Feedback on research methods essay

Reading list

Reading list for BRAIN AND BEHAVIOUR WITH RESEARCH METHODS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/psym092

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.