PB200 Half Unit
This information is for the 2020/21 session.
Dr Miriam Tresh CON.3.14
This course is compulsory on the BSc in Psychological and Behavioural Science. This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.
Students should have taken Foundations of Psychological Science (PB101) or Foundations of Behavioural Science (PB100).
This course offers an introductory and integrated perspective on the biological bases of behaviour. After a discussion of the philosophical and historical background of biological psychology, the course will consider neurophysiology and how the structure of the brain connects to research methods. The course will then frame biological psychology by reference to theories of concepts such as behavioural genetics, evolutionary psychology and the impact of hormones on behaviour. Following this, the course moves on to consider the biological underpinnings of cognition and behaviour. It appraises the applied application of biological psychology and is concerned with identifying how the biology of psychology can inform our understanding and interpretation of real-world issues.
This course is delivered through a combination of lectures and classes totalling a minimum of 20 hours across Michaelmas Term. There is a reading week in Week 6 of Michaelmas Term.
In response to the current situation, some or all of this teaching will be delivered through a combination of live online classes and pre-recorded short online videos. You will receive the same amount of teaching whether you are on campus or online.
During the course, students will complete two sets of formative assessment:
- Weekly multiple choice questions (MCQs)
- Podcast episode plan (800 words)
- Breedlove, S.M., & Watson, N.V. (2010). Biological psychology: An introduction to behavioural, cognitive, and clinical neuroscience. Sinauer Associates.
- Cacioppo, J.T, Visser, P.S., & Pickett, C.L. (2012). Social neuroscience: People thinking about thinking people. A Bradford Book.
- Gazzaniga, M.S., Ivry, R.B., & Mangun, G.R. (2014). Cognitive neuroscience: The biology of the mind. W.W. Norton.
- Glimcher, P. W., Camerer, C., Poldrack, R. A., & Fehr, E. (2013). Neuroeconomics: Decision making and the brain. Academic Press.
- Kolb, B., & Wishaw, I.Q. (2014). An introduction to brain and behaviour. Worth Publishers.
- Nettle D. (2009). Evolution and genetics for psychology. Oxford University Press.
- Pinel, J.P.J. (2013). Biopsychology. Allyn and Bacon
- Plomin, R., et al. (2013). Behavioral genetics. Worth Publishers.
Students will be expected to read essential readings plus additional reading from the primary literature per class. These readings will be provided in the course outline.
Essay (60%, 3000 words) and podcast (30%) in the MT.
Essay (10%) in the ST.
Essay (60%) in MT – you will produce a 3000 word extended essay
Podcast (30%) in MT –working in pairs you will develop a 6 to 8 minute long podcast.
Essay (10%) in ST - Students following the BSc in Psychological and Behavioural Science will be expected to submit one 3000 word ‘Integration Essay’ in their second year. The integration essay will count towards 10% of the final mark in of PB200, PB201, PB202, PB204 and PB205. The integration essay will discuss a topic investigated in one course and use its approach to integrate and debate approaches from two other courses taken in Year 2. For example, if you choose to base your integration essay in Biological Psychology (this course) you will use a topic from this course as the basis for debating the treatment of that topic by theories from two of Cognitive Psychology (PB201), Developmental Psychology (PB202), Social Psychology: Individuals, Groups and Culture (PB204) and Individual Differences and Why They Matter (PB205).
Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Department: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Total students 2019/20: Unavailable
Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable
Capped 2019/20: No
Value: Half Unit
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