PSYC12012 - Physiological Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will learn how the brain is linked to various psychological processes and behaviour. Specifically, you will study a) the structure and function of the central nervous system; b) the neural bases of a range of psychological processes and human behaviour, such as perception, language, learning and memory; and c) major research methods used to study these neural bases.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

PSYC11008 OR PSYC11010; PSYC11009

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Examination 40%

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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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 evaluation and forum discussion
Feedback
The written assessment was too challenging - the papers provided were difficult to read and the requirement of the task not clearly described.
Recommendation
The written assessment question will be written with a clear question, and be based on a concept that has been covered in the lecture material.
Action Taken
The essay question and materials remained the same however the essay instructions were re-worked to ensure the essay and requirements were more clear. The benefit of this is potentially reflected in the evaluation score for 'Assessment Requirements' where a small increase from 3.9-4.1 was observed.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
The weekly tutorial exercises and answers helped with learning the important content rather than spreading ourselves thin learning unnecessary content for the exam
Recommendation
Continue with the weekly exercise, however, it is recommended that the answers are discussed during the tutorials rather than providing only the written answers on Moodle.
Action Taken
As recommended, the weekly tutorial exercises were kept but instead of the answer sheets being uploaded to the Moodle page, all answers to discussed in the tutorial to encourage students to engage with the tutorial if not live, via the recording
Source: - Self Reflection - Unit Evaluations - Student feedback
Feedback
The written assessment task was too difficult with the topic (impact of sleep deprivation on the brain) deviating too far from what was covered in the lecture materials (and text book)
Recommendation
It is recommended that the format of the written assessment - an essay that weighs up 2-3 hypothesis on a particular theory - remains the same as this is a valuable way to tests students' application of knowledge, writing and critical thinking skills. It is recommended that the topic of the essay assessment reflects more explicitly, a concept covered in the lecture materials.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: - Unit Evaluations - Student feedback - Self Reflection
Feedback
Weekly Tutorials and Exercises. Weekly discussion of key aspects of the lecture content and also where the weekly worksheet and questions from Moodle or via email are discussed.
Recommendation
Recommended that the interactive tutorial format (where the key points of the lecture are reiterated with new examples and the weekly worksheet exercises are discussed) remain as it is, because it is a pivotal way for students to interact with the lecturer and to re-visit the lecture content from a different perspective and using different examples. Students found the worksheets (available prior to the tutorial) helpful as revision tools also at the end of the semester because they were of similar format to the final exam (fill in the blanks and a short answer).
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: - Unit Evaluations
Feedback
The weekly lecture topics, divided into 2-3 mini lectures, made the content more manageable - and the format was well received by the students
Recommendation
It is recommended that this format of mini lectures remains, and applied to the remaining 1-2 topics that comprised only one, longer lecture.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the structure and function of the central nervous system
  2. Explain the neural bases of psychological processes and human behaviour, such as perception, language, learning and memory
  3. Compare major research methods in psychophysiology
  4. Critically evaluate empirical studies in psychophysiology.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
1 - Online Quiz(zes)