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

2019/0, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Duncan Carmichael
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) Three 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.
LO4: The students will take part in two hours of research participation (at least one study to be face-to-face with the researcher, i.e., not an online survey). For those who do not wish take part in research, they will receive 10% of their grade for giving a 15-minute presentation to the module teaching team on the participant recruitment process, ethics, and the researcher-participant relationship.

Formative Assessment:
You will complete a online multiple choice practice class test at the end of each topic (LOs 1 and 2) and there will be a single tutorial dedicated to report writing (LO3). There will be no formative assessment for LO4, as this element of the module consists of taking part in research and therefore feedback cannot be given.

Summative Assessment:
Component 1: By week 8, you will have gained 8 research participation credits and you will submit a 500 word reflective log about your experience (10% weighting; LO4)
In week 11, you will submit a 2000 word report about the research you carried out during the practical classes (45% weighting; LO3)
Component 2: In week 13, you will complete a 90 minute multiple choice class test (45% weighting; LO1 and LO2)

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
Reflective Log 10 4 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 500
Report 45 3 11 , WORDS= 2000
Class Test 45 1,2 13 HOURS= 1.5
Component 1 subtotal: 55
Component 2 subtotal: 45
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