Module title: Biological Foundations of Behaviour

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: PSY08103
Module leader: Duncan Carmichael
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Lindsey Carruthers
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LOs 1, 2, and 3. Each week there will be one 2-hour interactive lecture, using audio-visual resources and active participation. Supporting these lectures will be (a) three 2-hour practical classes, during which students will carry out a simple experiment and discuss the findings in small groups, and (b) five 1-hour discussion-based tutorials, centred on key topics covered in the lectures (e.g. the nature-nurture debate). Small-group tutorials will use group discussion to enhance student engagement and confidence. Practicals will allow students to participate in relevant research, enhancing their appreciation of the link between research and theory, and their ability to evaluate research and research approaches. Resources on Moodle facilitate and direct independent learning, building on both lecture material and small-group discussion.

Formative Assessment:
The class test (2 hours) will assess LOs 1 and 2.
The practical report will assess LO 3.

Summative Assessment:
The class test (2 hours) will assess LOs 1 and 2.
The practical report will assess LO 3.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 3
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 9
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 3 11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Class Test 50 1-2 13 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The study of brain function in relation to various psychological and behavioural processes (e.g. perception, memory, motivation and sleep); historical and conceptual issues; the “nature-nurture” debate; levels of analysis from single cells to systems; basic research methodologies (e.g. electrophysiology, lesion studies and functional brain imaging) and their clinical applications; the study of brain damage and its functional consequences.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Compare and contrast a range of research approaches and methodologies used in biological psychology research.
LO2: Identify key structures within the central nervous system and relate their functions to psychological processes such as motivation, sleep, perception, and memory.
LO3: Develop the skills required to conduct psychophysiological experiments and write up the findings in the style of an academic research report.
LO4: Explain the process of participant recruitment for psychology research, and reflect on the researcher-participant relationship in close relation to ethics.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
PSY08103 Biological Foundations of Behaviour