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PSYC2006 Behavioural Neuroscience

Module Overview

The module integrates the approaches and findings of behavioural neuroscience in an attempt to understand why people behave as they do.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the structure of the Brain and Central Nervous System
  • evaluate theories regarding the biological control of behaviours such as sleep
  • describe experiments in the research area and evaluate how well the research has tested the theories studied in class
  • discuss the changes in the brain associated with neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and explain why treatments may be effective
  • illustrate independent learning by reading material beyond the lecture


The course is divided into 3 sections: Structure, Function and Application. The Structure? component of the course will examine the structure of the nervous system and the genetic basis of behaviour. The function lectures will examine motivated behaviour such as sexual behaviour and drug addiction. Finally applied aspects are discussed with reference to addiction and psychiatric disorders.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The class will include 22 hours of lectures and 5 hours of tutorials. You will be expected to read the unit text, some additional readings and, where relevant, to make use of the internet resources for seeking further information.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Foundations of Behavioural Neuroscience. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 70%
Exam  (30 minutes) 28%
Research Participation 2%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

One of the pre-requisites for PSYC3048

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