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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PSYC1605 Biological Psychology

10 creditsClass Size: 318

Module manager: Dr Richard Harris

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

BSc Psychology or MPsyc, BSc Advanced Psychology or BA Philosophy, Psychology, and Scientific Thought, or BSs Psychology with Education programme entry requirements.

This module is not approved as a discovery module


This module aims to introduce students to the basic concepts and research methods in Biological Psychology. A series of lectures about the basic neuroanatomy and the relationships between physiology and behaviour will give students the broad understanding required to progress to modules with biological content at level 2.

Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
- demonstrate that they know important theories and research findings in biological psychology; (1)
- discuss the theories and key findings covered in the course and their relevance to everyday life; (2)
- understand some of the ways in which our biology can interact with our environment to influence the way we behave (3)
- understand how biological processes influence our feelings and behaviour. (4)

Skills outcomes
Students will have the opportunity to consider how theory and research are integrated within the field of biological psychology, and how theory and research are applied to real world contexts.


Origins of Behavioural Neuroscience & Structure and evolution of the Nervous System
Behavioural Neuroscience Methods and Strategies of Research
Structure & Functions of Cells of the Nervous System
Drug Addiction
Sleep & Biological Rhythms
Reproductive Behaviour
Ingestive Behaviour
Learning & Memory

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours89.50
Total Contact hours10.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

10 X 5 hours reading for each lecture
6 hours preparation for internet based learning exercise
10 hours preparation and completion of essay
21.5 hours preparation for exam
2 hours preparation for worksheet exercise

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be expected to complete an MCQ test in weeks 5, 7 and 11 which will provide information about student progress on the module.
Students will be expected to complete a worksheet which will provide information on the structure of the brain

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Problem SheetWorksheet0.00
Case StudyMax 2000 words25.00
In-course MCQMCQ0.00
In-course MCQMCQ0.00
In-course MCQMCQ0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)25.00

Both assessment components (essay and exam) must be completed. However, to pass the module students only need attain a total of 40% overall (across both assessments).

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment0 hr 45 mins75.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)75.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 11/09/2020 16:49:51


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