Introductory Cognitive and Biological Psychology

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introductory Cognitive and Biological Psychology

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course provides a foundation for understanding the cognitive and biological bases of human behaviour, including the role of the brain and neural processes in behaviour, perception (how the senses allow you to see, hear, taste, touch and smell the world around you), conditioning and learning (how humans and other animals learn about their environment), cognition and memory (how people think, solve problems and remember). Drawing on various research traditions in experimental psychology, this course demonstrates how cognitive and biological psychology contributes to our knowledge of human well-being and performance. Students apply this knowledge through a series of practical in-class exercises.
    Course Introduction
    The focus of this course, Introductory Cognitive and Biological Psychology (1001PSY) as one of the key introductory psychology courses, is on providing an opportunity for students to develop an understanding of psychology as a science, and of the important foundational knowledge and skills required for the study of psychology. The content of the course comes from studies of basic mental processes such as perception, learning, memory, and of the physiological processes that underpin them. In particular, it aims to provide (1) a basic grounding in topics in Cognitive and Biological Psychology, (2) first-hand experience in applying the methods of scientific observation of human behaviour. The first objective is the focus of the lecture program, and the second objective is the focus of the tutorial/laboratory program.
    Course Aims
    The focus of this course, Introductory Cognitive and Biological Psychology (1001PSY) as one of the key introductory psychology courses, is on providing an opportunity for students to develop an understanding of psychology as a science, and of the important foundational knowledge and skills required for the study of psychology. The content of the course comes from studies of basic mental processes such as perception, learning, memory, and of the physiological processes that underpin them. In particular, it aims to provide (1) a basic grounding in topics in Cognitive and Biological Psychology, (2) first-hand experience in applying the method of scientific observation of human behaviour. The first objective is the main focus of the lecture program, and the second objective is the main focus of the tutorial program.
    Note: 1001PSY is a first-level core course in psychology programs. It prepares students for the second level core courses such as Cognition, Memory and Learning and Biological Psychology, and for advanced study in specialized courses such as Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and Cognitive Neuroscience.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 demonstrate information literacy skills (i.e., written communication, literature search and review skills) required to examine and communicate psychological research.
    2 critically evaluate the evidence upon which the theories of cognitive and biological psychology are based;
    3 understand the key themes, theory and research in cognitive and biological psychology;
    4 understand how psychological knowledge can be applied to the understanding and scientific investigation of human behaviour;

    Assessment Task

    Weighting

    Assignment - Planning Document
    Tutorial (Pre-lab) exercises

    5%

    Exam - selected response
    Basic concepts test

    20%

    Assignment - Laboratory/Laboratory Report
    Laboratory Report

    25%

    Log of Learning Activities
    Research Participation (or Alternate Assessment)

    5%

    Exam - selected and constructed responses
    Final Exam

    45%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.