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Unit information: Biological Psychology (Conversion) in 2018/19

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Unit name Biological Psychology (Conversion)
Unit code PSYCM0058
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1B (weeks 7 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Ludwig
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Psychological Science
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


The unit develops your knowledge of the biological basis of cognition and behaviour. The unit covers a number of topics in neuropsychology, psychopharmacology, and brain development. Across these topics students will be exposed to a wide range of techniques used in the study of the link between brain, mind and behaviour (e.g. electrophysiology, neuroimaging, patient work).

The unit builds on Year 1 Biological Psychology. It aims to further students’ understanding of the methodological approaches used to study the central nervous system and how these methods can provide psychological insights. Students will acquire an appreciation of the benefits and limitations of different techniques in contributing to psychological theory.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain contemporary theories and findings in Biological Psychology.
  2. Review methodological approaches to the study of Biological Psychology.
  3. Apply knowledge of Biological Psychology to understand human behaviour.
  4. Evaluate the conceptual and historical roots of Biological Psychology and relate this discipline to other areas of psychological science.

Teaching details

This unit comprises weekly lectures, Q&A, revision tutorials, and seminars (presenting at one of the seminars). In addition, support sessions will be available to aid student’s acquisition of more foundational material.

Assessment Details

- 2000-word written essay (20%);
- Oral presentation in seminar (20%);
- One 2-hour written exam (60%).

Reading and References

Readings are posted on blackboard and in lecture slides.