EDED20501 - Neurobiology: Understandings from Educational Neuroscience

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you learn about the processes of how information flows through the brain and translates into memory. You will develop knowledge and understanding of neurobiological fundamentals that drive the development of neural networks in learning. You learn about the neurobiology of compromised environments associated with patterns of avoidance, compared to optimal learning environments that provide enriched, ‘thriving learning’ with patterns of approach. In addition, you learn about the role of stress responses in learning and how sleep is critical to a healthy brain, learning and memory.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 55.56% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Email
The material is appropriate and relevant to students' interests.
The unit material to be updated and revised prior to delivery so that students' interest and engagement is maintained.
Action Taken
For Term 1 2018, the unit material was updated and more details have been provided to assist students with the assessment tasks.
Source: Student feedback survey
Improve intuitiveness to upload assessment responses.
Make more obvious in the assessment block in Moodle where to upload responses to the assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the neurobiological effects of fear-based and thriving learning environments
  2. Analyse the role of the expression of genes and interactions with the learning environment in memory formation
  3. Synthesise the significance of the processes of neural plasticity to maximise learning
  4. Communicate high level professional judgments and demonstrate personal accountability.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment