Physiological Psychology (7120.4)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Flexible
|| Bruce, Canberra
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Health|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Discipline Of Psychology||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Identify the structures and functions of neurons;
2. Describe the processes involved in the generation and propagation of a neural impulse;
3. Recognise the major anatomical divisions of the human brain;
4. Apply knowledge of the physiological bases of behaviour to real-world issues; and
5. Explain the physiological processes underpinning various psychological phenomena.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
Prerequisites4309 Psychology 101 OR 11399 Understanding People and Behaviour
4310 Psychology 102 OR 10444 Foundations of Psychology
Permission of the unit convener.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||31 July 2023||Flexible||Dr Andrew Flood|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||29 July 2024||Flexible||Dr Andrew Flood|
Kalat, J. W. (2022). Biological Psychology (14th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson-Wadsworth.
APA. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). Washington,
DC: American Psychological Association.
Burton, L. J. (2017). An interactive approach to writing essays and research reports in psychology (4th ed.). Milton, QLD: Wiley.
Submission of assessment items
Special assessment requirements
- Final marks and grades
- A final overall mark of 50% or higher is required to pass the unit.
- The UC grading schema (HD = 85+, DI = 75 to 84, CR = 65 to 74, P = 50 to 64) will be used.
- In order to pass the unit, all assessment items must be attempted/submitted.
- Assessment extensions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.
- Students are expected to work on the assessment items throughout the teaching period. Early communication of problems is strongly advised. Students should assess within the first few weeks of semester whether they have a reasonable likelihood of being able to complete the unit and should consider withdrawing by the census date if required.
- To request an extension, email the unit convener from your university email account with the following:
Subject line should include:
- unit number
- assessment item name
- extension request
Message body should include:
- your first name, surname, and student ID
- unit number and name
- assessment item name
- length of extension requested
- reason for the extension request
Attachments including an Assignment Extension Form and supporting documentary evidence, for example:
- A medical certificate signed by a registered medical, dental, or health practitioner. The certificate must contain the registered provider number, the duration of the student's incapacity to study, and the date of consultation.
- A death notice or other appropriate documentation for bereavement.
- The unit convener will consider the request and send an email reply to advise the outcome. If approved, the new due date and time will appear on Canvas.
- For further information about extension requests, see the Assessment Policy and Procedures section 9.12 on Extenuating Circumstances.
- Any assessment item submitted late without an approved extension will incur a 5% penalty per day (i.e., -5% of total marks available for the assessment item), including weekends. A part-day late is counted as a full day late.
- Assessment can be submitted up to 7 days late; if submitted beyond 7 days late, 0 will be awarded for the assessment item.
Marking and feedback
- Assessment items will be marked and feedback provided within three weeks of submission.
- Availability of marks and feedback will be notified via Canvas Announcements.
- Assessments submitted after the due date and time, regardless of whether an extension was granted, may be returned at a later date than those submitted on time.
- Late submission may result in reduced feedback being provided.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Students are expected to attend lectures and/or view the lecture recordings. Although not compulsory, workshop attendance is strongly recommended for successful completion of the unit. Recordings of lectures and video summaries of workshops will be available on Canvas.
Required IT skills
This unit involves online classes delivered in real time using the Blackboard Collaborate tool. Blackboard Collaborate provides a virtual classroom or meeting room where you can communicate with your tutor and other students. If enrolled in online workshops, students are strongly encouraged to communicate using their microphone rather than using the chat function. To participate verbally, rather than just typing, you will need a microphone. For best audio quality, a microphone and speaker headset is recommended. For more information and to test your computer, please visit the Canvas Student Help and click on the link to Blackboard Collaborate.
Completion of the multimedia presentation will require an understanding of presentation software (e.g. Microsoft PowerPoint). Instructions on the use of presentation software for the purposes of the unit will be given in workshops.
The essential text for this unit is available for purchase online, including through Cengage:
Kalat, J. W. (2022). Biological Psychology - $199.95 (hardcover) or $79.95 (eTextbook). Note that a discount code (wow10) can be used to receive a 10% discount if purchasing through Cengage.
An audio headset (approx. $30) is recommended (but not essental) for the recording of the multimedia presentation and for participation in the virtual workshops.
Work placement, internships or practicums