PSYC366 Biopsychology

Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for off campus students only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
02 April 2017 04 April 2017 Non-Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.
Pre-requisites 12cp at 200 or 300 level or candidature in GradDipPsych or GradDipSocSc or BAudiometry or BPsycSc (Graduate entry pathway)
Co-requisites None
Restrictions PSYC466
Notes None
Combined Units PSYC466 - Biopsychology
Coordinator(s) Andrew Talk (
Unit Description

This unit presents a survey of the neural mechanisms of experience and behaviour. Models of brain function and dysfunction are considered from both experimental and clinical perspectives. Specific topics may include the brain mechanisms of sensation and perception, movement, wakefulness and sleep, memory, motivation, emotion and mental disorders.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Biological Psychology

ISBN: 9781305105409
Kalat, J.W., Wadsworth/Cengage 12th ed. 2015

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

ISBN: 9781433805615
American Psychological Association, APA 6th ed. 2010

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Laboratory Exercises 10% 500
Assessment Notes

2 Laboratory Exercises (250 words each)

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Online Quizzes 10% 500
Assessment Notes

10 online quizzes 1% each (100 words each)

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Written Assignment 30% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 50%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy and neuropharmacology, with the ability to transmit this knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  2. demonstrate coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of research methods used in the neuroscience of behaviour;
  3. critically evaluate research about the brain mechanisms of experience and behaviour; and
  4. analyse and explain the basic principles underlying the brain mechanisms of sensation and perception, learning, memory, motivated behaviour, sleep and waking, drug addiction, sexual behaviour and disorders of the mind.