Biological Psychology 2023-24
School of Psychology & Sport Science
Module - Semester 2
Content within the module includes:
Introduction to the module
Nervous System Overview
Development, Degeneration & Recovery
Learning & Memory
Motivated Behaviours I: Sleep
Motivated Behaviours II: Reproduction
-threshold -D - Essay-based questions: Student provided an adequate answer to the question(s), but answers were largely based on lecture material and essential reading, with no real development of arguments, critical evaluation or evidence of study beyond the basics (basics = lecture material and essential reading). Structure and organisation of material was adequate. Answers matching this criteria would generally encompass the C range of grades. D grades may be awarded if elements of inaccuracy and/or misunderstanding were evident within the answer, or if answer missed one or two key points or failed to expand on key points. Fail grades would be awarded if answers were laden within inaccuracy/misunderstanding/omissions.
-good -B - Essay-based questions: Student provided a comprehensive answer to the question(s). Material was well-organised and well-structured. There was clear evidence of a good understanding of the material, and that a deeper understanding of material presented in lectures had been achieved due to relevant further reading and self-study. There was some evidence of appropriate critical evaluation and discussion.Answers matching this criteria would generally encompass the B range of grades.
-excellent -A Essay-based questions: Student provided comprehensive and accurate coverage of question matter, with sound clarity of argument and expression. Answers evidenced a depth of insight into the question matter, and it was clear that this was achieved through relevant further and additional reading. Appropriate critical evaluation of evidence and discussion of material supported all answers. Answers matching this criteria would generally encompass the A range of grades.
- Evaluate how damage to specific cortical regions, or dysregulation in neurotransmitter levels, can lead to neurological and clinical disorders.
- Evaluate specific brain systems and describe their relationship with psychological processes.
- Identify how neural and hormonal function drives psychological processes.
- Understand the general structure and organisation of the brain, including cortical localisation of function.
- Understand the structure and function of the nervous system.
Exam (Centrally Scheduled)
This exam will take place during Week 7 of semester 2, and it will assess your knowledge, understanding and evaluation of material covered in lectures 1-5. In the exam, you will answer two 'seen' essay questions. I will release an essay title at the end of each lecture, and so you will have a chance to prepare your essay responses in advance of the exam. Please note that the duration and the location of the exam may be modified.
Exam (Centrally Scheduled)
This exam will take place in the May exam period of semester 2, and it will assess your knowledge, understanding and evaluation of material covered in lectures 8-11. In the exam, you will answer two 'seen' essay. I will release an essay title at the end of each lecture, and so you will have a chance to prepare your essay responses in advance of the exam. Please note that the duration and the location of the exam may be modified.