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PS4033: ADVANCES IN 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. 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.

This course is intended for students completing joint honours degrees in Behavioural Studies or Psychology. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr David Sutherland

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

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

  • MA Anthropology-Behavioural Studies
  • MA Behavioural Studies - Philosophy
  • MA Behavioural Studies-Business Management
  • MA Behavioural Studies-Sociology
  • Psychology Joint

Contact Teaching Time

13 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 critical review assessment of no more than 2000 words (20%), activities during tutorials (5%). Resit: One 90 minute written examination (75%), in-course critical review assessment of no more than 2000 words (20%), activities during tutorials (5%).

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

None.

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