Module code: PSY2024

Module Overview

This course is intended to cover the core BPS curriculum in biological psychology and as such is a broad coverage module dealing with a range of topics in the sub-discipline. Lectures will provide an understanding about the relationship between behaviour, cognition, emotions, and biology/neuroscience in a number of given topics.

Module provider


Module Leader

STERR Annette (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: C860

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Pre-requisites are PSY1024 Biological Psychology 1 (LAS) and PSY1025 Cognitive Psychology 1 (LAS) Co-requisite is PSY2021 Cognitive Psychology 2 (LAS)

Module content

Content includes:

  • Motivation

  • Eating Behaviour

  • Emotion

  • Memory

  • Learning

  • Language & Communication

  • Sleep

  • Neurological Disorders

  • Mental Disorders

  • Motor Processes

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 6 PAGE REPORT 25
Examination 90 MINUTE EXAMINATION 75

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate each of the learning outcomes

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         One 90 minute essay-based examination (75%) in the formal semester exam period

·         One essay (25%) critically evaluating the application of biopsychological methods within Psychology

Formative assessment and feedback

·         Verbal feedback in the lectures through interactive quizzes and discussions

·         Written Feedback on essay

Module aims

  • To provide an understanding of the relationship between behaviour, cognition, emotions,and biology/neuroscience in a number of specific topics
  • To increase the knowledge about important principles and methodology of neuroscience
  • To practically apply the biosychological knowledge in a self-designed research project

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 An appreciation of the many ways in which biopsychological research contributes to our human behaviour, cognition, and motivations / emotions K
2 Critically reflect on neuroscientific theories and related evidence KCT
3 Advanced scientific essay writing skills PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • provide students with fundamental knowledge about biological psychology and the many ways in which biopsychological research contributes to our understanding of human behaviour, cognition, and motivations / emotions

  • provide basic knowledge about structure and function of the nervous system.

  • develop the critical understanding of advantages and disadvantages of major neuroscientific methods applied in psychology.

  • engage students to criticise the conclusions of the knowledge base.

  • equip students with skills to critically evaluate theories and evidence in biological psychology.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • 11 x 2 hours lectures partly with multimedia presentations and/or interactive discussion

  • independent study

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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