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PY2101 - Behavioural Neuroscience: Understanding the brain and its link with behaviour

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject provides students with an in-depth introduction to key theories and concepts in the biological bases of sensation, perception and behaviour. Coverage includes the structure and function of the nervous system, how information is transmitted in the nervous system, the role of biological factors in cognition and motivated behaviours and the anatomy and physiology of the sensory systems from periphery to cortex.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge of the ways in which the nervous system functions in sensation, perception and processing of information;
  • identify the way in which humans make sense of the sea of energies they are exposed to;
  • describe the nature, theory, and methods of the biological bases of behaviour.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (65%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (25%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; attend at least 80% of tutorials; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties.

To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
Prerequisites: PY1101 OR PY1102


JCU Singapore, Study Period 52, Internal
Census Date 03-Aug-2023
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 10 hours lectures
  • 24 hours tutorials
  • 16 hours online activity
  • assessment and self-directed study

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.