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PS4033: ADVANCES IN BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY (2020-2021)

Last modified: 23 Jul 2020 16:15


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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Chair in Psychology Ben Tatler

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.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

60% Essay

10% Tutorial

30% Multiple Choice Questions 

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

100% Coursework

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandTo further knowledge of the relationship between biological processes affecting the brain and normal and abnormal behaviour and cognition.
ConceptualEvaluateStudents will learn to critically evaluate topics related to biological psychology and to communicate this in coursework and exam essays.
ProceduralAnalyseStudents will acquire skills to understand and evaluate different approaches to research in biological psychology
ConceptualApplyGive students a better appreciation of the multiple causes of abnormal behaviour and cognitive processes, as well as developments in the application of biological psychology to real-life circumstances

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