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Undergraduate Course: Biological Psychology (PSYL10113)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course introduces a range of topics which illustrate possible biological approaches to the study of mental processes and the 'evolution of mind' and gives an understanding of the range of biological approaches that can be applied to the study of mental processes and brain function. The topics covered range in specificity and level of analysis, and include communication and intelligence in nonhuman primates, broader aspects of the evolution of animal cognition, and the neurobiology of emotion. The course also aims to teach and assess knowledge of the anatomy of the human brain in a context which allows it to be related to analyses of brain function.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Psychology 2A (PSYL08011) AND Psychology 2B (PSYL08012)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Research Methods and Statistics (PPLS08001) is recommended.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Psychology courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  125
Course Start Block 3 (Sem 2)
Course Start Date 15/01/2018
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 12, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 86 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One of the sessions will contain a Brain Quiz as a non-marked feedback event

Examination 100%.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Biological Psychology2:00
Learning Outcomes
To understand the role of the evidence from animal behaviour in current debates about human nature and its genetic and environmental determinants.
To recognise the main stages in the evolution of the nervous system in animals.
To give at least two examples to explain the way in which 'comparative' studies (of the abilities of animals) can contribute to questions about the origins of human abilities.
To explain the similarities and differences between communication and social structure in different species.
To be able to describe with illustrations the functional and anatomical organisation of the human brain.
To explain the contribution of model/simple systems to understanding the nature of synaptic plasticity
Reading List
Shettleworth, S.J. (1998). Cognition, Evolution and Behaviour. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Byrne, R. (1995). The Thinking Ape. Evolutionary Origins of Intelligence. Oxford: Oxford Press.
Macphail, E.M. (1998). The Evolution of Consciousness. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
McFarland, D. (1998). Animal Behaviour. Pearson Prentice Hall (3rd Edition).
Carlson, N.R. (2012). Physiology of Behavior. Allyn and Bacon (11th Edition).
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Course organiserDr Elena Gherri
Tel: (0131 6)50 3340
Course secretaryMs Catherine Renton
Tel: (0131 6)50 3602
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