PC4101 - Introduction to the Biological Bases of Behaviour (2017/18)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2017/18|
|Module title||Introduction to the Biological Bases of Behaviour|
|Module level||Certificate (04)|
|Credit rating for module||10|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||100|
|Running in 2017/18||
This module introduces students to the study of the brain mechanisms underlying behaviour. The focus is on comparative and physiological approaches to behaviour and the mechanisms underlying the behavioural adaptations of organisms to their environment. Students are also introduced to animal experimentation and the collection, analysis and interpretation of neuroscientific data.
The module aims to provide introductory level coverage of the brain mechanisms underlying behaviour. The focus is on comparative and physiological approaches to behaviour and the mechanisms underlying the behavioural adaptations of organisms to their environment. Students are also introduced to animal experimentation and the collection, analysis and interpretation of neuroscientific data.
Topics will be drawn from:
• Organisations and functions of nervous and endocrine systems;
• Neural transmission and drug modulation;
• Regulation of feeding;
• Localisation of function and cerebral asymmetry;
• Arousal and sleep;
• Learning and memory;
• Genetics and evolution;
Learning and teaching
Lecturer-provided materials will be placed online. These will include lecture slides with accompanying audio, self-test materials, and – where available – online readings.
On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:
1. describe the conceptual issues in biological psychology and the history of its development;
2. explain the operating principles of the brain and of the physiological and behavioural mechanisms involved in adaptations to the environment;
3. explain the meaning of data derived from animal and human experiments.
Formative feedback will be available in the form of: (a) comments on mid-term short-answer questions, and (b) automated responses to non-summative multiple-choice questions.
Martin, G.N., Carlson, M.R., & Buskist, W. (2011). Psychology (fourth edition). London: Pearson. [This book is available online via the library’s electronic catalogue]
Davey, G. (Ed.) (2008). Complete Psychology (second edition). Oxford: Hodder Education.