Spring 2020 - PSYC 280 D100

Introduction to Biological Psychology (3)

Class Number: 7639

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    BLU 9660, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2020
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SSCB 9201, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 100. Recommended: BISC 101.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Surveys the major areas in biological psychology. Topics include the basics of neuroanatomy and nerve cell function, the behavioral and physiological effects of drugs and hormones in the nervous system, evolutionary perspectives on the brain and behavior, and the biopsychology of vision, the chemical senses, hearing, movement, biological rhythms, sex, and cognitive processes. Breadth-Science.

COURSE DETAILS:

This introduction to behavioral neuroscience provides a general survey of core topics, such as: nerve cells and the nervous system, development, psychopharmacology, hormones and behavior, hearing,
chemical senses, vision, movement, biological rhythms, sex, speech, memory and learning, emotion, disorders of the nervous system, and/or other topics.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

By the end of the course, students should have a sound understanding of the general principles of communication between neurons, the actions of chemical messengers and drugs in the brain, and the neural origins of perception, action, essential behaviors, and higher cognition.

Grading

  • Mid-Term Exam: 35%
  • Term Paper/Project: 15%
  • Final Exam: 50%

NOTES:

The criteria for the determination of letter grades in this course will be presented during the first week of lectures.

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Watson, N.V., Breedlove, S.M. (2018). The Mind's Machine: Foundations of Brain and Behavior (3rd Edition). New York: Sinauer/Oxford University Press.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS