PSYC11008 - Biological Foundations of Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will be introduced to the biological bases of human behaviour. The content of the unit examines: the structures and functions of the brain and nervous system; sensory and perceptual processes; learning and memory; states of consciousness; and neurological disorders. The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) states that graduates of psychology must be able to comprehend and apply a broad range of knowledge including the neurological elements underpinning human experience and behaviour. The brain and nervous system are significant factors which contribute to the aetiology of psychological disorders and the maintenance of mental health. Consequently, a sound understanding of biological principles is essential to psychology students seeking future careers either as clinicians or as researchers. A further competency required by APAC is the ability to analyse and critique psychological theory and research, and be able communicate these findings in a written format. Psychologists are expected to become "scientist-practitioners" and you will learn how to conduct basic literature searches and communicate your findings in short written assessments using conventional APA style and formatting.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
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 3 - 2019

Term 3 - 2019 Profile
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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 Undergraduate 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

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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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 47.88% 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: Student Feedback
Feedback
Students appreciated the incorporation of real-life examples which assisted in understanding lecture content.
Recommendation
Continue the use of case studies and scenarios in lectures to illustrate key concepts.
Action Taken
Case studies and scenarios were incorporated and continued to add to the lecture content.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Some students stated that the time allowed for the quiz was insufficient to accurately assess their knowledge (sixty questions in sixty minutes).
Recommendation
Consider increasing the time limit to 90 minutes for quizzes.
Action Taken
Colleagues were engaged in discussion with a decision made to keep the quiz at 60 minutes. Especially as this is an open book quiz.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Students commented that occasionally the sound quality on Zoom sessions and ISL recordings was of low quality.
Recommendation
The lapel microphone was used for lectures - perhaps this could be better placed? Students asking questions / making comments felt awkward walking over the room microphones. A smaller room with desk microphones would be a better option.
Action Taken
A desk microphone was used and this proved to be a better solution.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Students generally found the Moodle site easy to navigate and work with.
Recommendation
Kudos to the Moodle team! Continue to make Moodle clear and accessible.
Action Taken
High scores were maintained for the Moodle site.
Source: "Have your say" survey
Feedback
Students stated there were too many sources of help regarding APA formatting.
Recommendation
Consider directing students only to the APA Publication Manual and the CQUniversity guide.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" survey
Feedback
Occasionally students wanted to discuss points after the 2 hr lecture, but would be cut off due to the ISL time limit
Recommendation
Arrange for 1 hour ISL tutorial time after the 2 hour lecture to allow for discussion and questions.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" survey
Feedback
Some students found the comments / questions from other students would occasionally take up too much time during lectures.
Recommendation
This type of discussion could be facilitated during the extra half hour after the lecture (see above recommendation).
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" survey
Feedback
Students found the use of case studies and scenarios contributed to learning new concepts
Recommendation
Continue to incorporate the use of case studies and examples.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" survey
Feedback
Generally students found the level of feedback useful - especially in the first essay. This assisted students in refining the second essay.
Recommendation
Continue to provide detailed feedback to the first essay.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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