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PS3014: BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY (2017-2018)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:26


Course Overview

This course aims to provide students with a good understanding of the biological basis of behaviour and cognition.  The course is split into two sections, each featuring 6 lectures. Section 1 focuses on psychopharmacology, which is the investigation of the effect of medication on normal and abnormal brain function.  Section 2 examines brain function and memory, with a specific focus on the application of this knowledge within the criminal justice system.

Specific topics that will be covered include: neurotransmitters; drug effects; Alzheimer’s disease; memory and psychedelic drugs.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr David Sutherland

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Psychopharmacology lectures will examine how the study of psychoactive drugs can inform our understanding of both normal and abnormal brain function. Neuropsychology lectures will focus on the relationship between biological measures of brain function and memory.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Animal Behaviour
  • BSc Behavioural Biology
  • BSc Behavioural Studies
  • BSc Behavioural Studies with French
  • BSc Behavioural Studies with Gaelic
  • BSc Behavioural Studies with German
  • BSc Neuroscience with Psychology
  • BSc Psychology
  • BSc Psychology with French
  • BSc Psychology with Gaelic
  • Bcs in Neuroscience with Psychology (Biobusiness)
  • MA Behavioural Studies
  • MA Behavioural Studies with French
  • MA Behavioural Studies with Gaelic Studies
  • MA Psychology
  • MSci Neuroscience with Psychology & in Pl't
  • Master Of Arts In Psychology With Counselling Skills
  • Msci In Neuroscience With Psychology (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Psychology Major

Contact Teaching Time

21 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: One 90 minute written examination (75%), in-course written assignment of no more than 2,000 words (20%), activities during tutorials (5%).

Resit: One 90 minute written examination (75%), in-course written assignment of no more than 2,000 words (20%), activities during tutorials (5%).

Formative Assessment

Feedback on tutorial activities and on written assigments. Example exam questions in lectures.

Feedback

Oral feedback on tutorial activities by the supervising tutor. Written feedback on written assignment within 3 weeks after assignment has been handed in.

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