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PS4096   Mechanisms of Behaviour: integrating psychological and neuroscience perspectives

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Available only to students in the second year of the Honours programme

Planned timetable: 12.00 noon - 2.00 pm Tue

The aim of this module is to explore some of the many physiological and neural systems that modulate patterns of behaviour in a range of species, including humans. It will highlight the importance of integrating information from psychology and neuroscience disciplines in order to further our understanding of how and why animals and humans behave the way they do in different situations. The module will deal with examples of mechanisms across different levels of complexity (from genes to physiology). The module will include lectures and student presentations/journal club discussions based around current research articles in the field and a practical session with hands on experience of a physiological technique.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PS2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2-hour lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 practical class (x 4 weeks) plus office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 24

Guided independent study hours: 126

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework (including presentation) = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 15%
Coursework: 85%

Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr K Spencer