Surrey University Stag


Module code: PSY2013

Module Overview

Students must pass each unit of assessment at 40%.

This module will be taught in two parts.
1) Lectures will provide an understanding about the relationship between behaviour, cognition, emotions, and biology/neuroscience in a number of given topics.
2) Smaller tutorials will be given in order to design and analyse a biopsychological experiment.

Module provider


Module Leader

SILVANTO Juha (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: C860

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 96

Lecture Hours: 22

Laboratory Hours: 12

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Biological Bases of Psychology 1. Co-requisite: All other level 5 Psychology modules.

Module content

Indicative content includes:


After an introduction to the module, the lectures will be dedicated to looking at the biological bases of motivation, emotions, sexual behaviour, language and communication, learning and memory, attention, brain plasticity, sleep, and psychopharmacology.


Practical sessions were students are required to carry out a small biopsychological research project in groups. Students will learn how to use state-of -the-art technology to measure physiological data (facial muscle activity). They will use this technology to record their own data in a simple experiment and will analyse these data. Students will write a report about their study.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 4 PAGE LAB REPORT 25
Examination Online ONLINE EXAM (90 MINUTES) 75

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

  • Depth and breadth of understanding in the subject area

  • Enhance their practical research skills

  • Effective team working

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Research report including the theoretical background, the methods and results of the study and a discussion of the obtained findings

  • Exam with questions (90 minutes, 1 out of 4, 30 MCQ)


Formative assessment and Feedback

The tutorials are designed to give high extensive and personally tailored feedback through the following measures

  1. lecturer joining in group discussions, available for questions throughout all tutorials

  2. students are offered a feedback session mid-term to check their understanding and progress with the practical element of the module

  3. students are offered trouble shooting sessions in the run up to the deadline for their coursework (lab report, marked)

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 To understand and critically reflect on the biological underpinnings of human behaviour KC
2 To conduct a research project with high levels of independence KCPT
3 Work effectively and responsibly in a team, communicate thoughts clearly, critically analysis and synthesise theoretical and empirical accounts CT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

The lecture element of the module gives students the basic knowledge on biological processes and mechanisms relevant to the understand of human behaviour. The tutorial (experimental) element gives students hands on experience in the research process and to enhance their ability to critically assess research and get a better understanding of the application of theory and statistics and the translation of research findings into conclusions. Critically, the tutorial element is a preparation for the final year project using quantitative data.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • standard lecture format with interactive elements (11 x 2h)

  • online material to consolidate learning (11 x 1h) 

  • guided learning elements to foster a deep understanding of the material (11 x 1h)

  • small group interaction (6 x 2h)

  • self-directed learning (94h)

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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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Psychology BSc (Hons)(CORE) 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.