PSYC466 Biopsychology

Updated: 29 January 2019
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
26 April 2019 28 April 2019 Non-Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions PSYC366
Notes None
Combined Units PSYC366 - Biopsychology
Coordinator(s) Stuart Fisher (
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: 9781337408202
Kalat, J.W., Cengage 13th ed. 2018

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

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

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

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

Two Laboratory Exercises (250 words each)

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Online Quizzes 10% 500
Assessment Notes

10 online quizzes 1% each (50 words each)

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Written Assignment 30% 2500
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 competent theoretical knowledge of the basic principles of neurophysiology, neuroanatomy and neuropharmacology, with the ability to transmit this knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  2. demonstrate and apply 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. competently apply skills to 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.