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PS4071   Behavioural Neuroscience

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: UG - Available only to students in the second year of the Honours Programme.

Planned timetable: 11.00 am - 1.00 pm Thu

The overall aim of this module is to allow students access to current research in the area of behavioural neuroscience. Possible topics include motivation, learning and attention. Past themes explored in the module include: the relationship between 'normal' learning and addiction; the transition from goal-directed action to stimulus-response habit; the neural basis of compulsive gambling; the efficacy of biological treatments of addiction; and the behavioural and neural effects of MDMA ('ecstasy'). Results from both human and animal research will be considered in parallel, with examples of papers ranging from molecular neuroscience to neuropsychology. The format of the module will include lectures (which are designed to provide the students with the background necessary to read research articles); guided seminars and student presentations summarising research articles. In order to maximise the benefits of the students' presentations, each student will meet with the lecturer at least twice to discuss the topic and content of their talk.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PS2002. Module prerequisites may be waived for students with entry into Honours Psychology

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2-hour seminars plus office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 130

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 75%, Coursework = 25%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 75%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 25%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 75%, Coursework = 25%, Re-assessment applies to failed components only


Module teaching staff: Dr E M Bowman