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PY3109 - Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of Mind

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

Detailed coverage of the structure and functioning of the nervous system will be presented. In addition to topics such as the constraints which biological properties have on sensation, perception and learning and the ways in which environmental factors may influence the development and functioning of the central nervous system, special consideration will be given to the functioning of the central nervous system in relation to cognition. Material will be drawn from the fields of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and cognitive neuropsychology and psychophysiology.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe what is known about the ways in which the central nervous system functions in sensation, perception, and processing of information;
  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the neural bases of cognitive processes;
  • integrate psychological and behavioural theory and practice with neuroscience.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (35%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (25%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (15%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (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.

Prerequisites: A minimum of 12 credit points of level 2 psychology subjects


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coord/Lect: Mr Christopher Reid.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 22 hours tutorials
  • 2 hours specialised - 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.