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Brain and Behaviour II
The relationship between brain and behaviour. The first part of the course examines topics relevant to brain plasticity, including neurodevelopment, brain damage and learning and memory; followed by a section on the biopsychology of motivation that covers the neural mechanisms of eating, sexual behaviour and sleep. The final section deals with disorders of cognition and emotion, including drug addiction, stress and psychiatric disorders.
Psychology 370 is a course designed to continue your exploration of the field of Biopsychology. It primarily focuses on the underlying neural mechanisms of some of the most interesting and complex human behaviours. From how the brain develops, to our basic motivations, to how catastrophically the brain can fail us, this course delves into many different aspects of brain and behaviour.
- Build upon the key principles of biopsychology presented in PSYC 271, with a focus on higher cognitive processing
- Gain an understanding of the complexity of brain and behaviour interactions and how both nature and nurture play important roles
- Learn to critically evaluate new research in the field of biopsychology
|Online Discussion 1||15%|
|Online Discussion 2||15%|
|Final Exam (July 30, July 31, or August 1)||50%|
|Midterm||There will be a take-home written midterm which will consist of short-answer questions on Units 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. It will be posted online (date TBA) and must be submitted within 72 hours.|
|Final Exam||The 3-hour final exam will be written during the Exam Period (July 30, July 31, or August 1). It will consist of 100 multiple choice questions, covering the entire course and is worth 50% of the final grade. Please note: You must PASS the final exam in order to pass the course.|
Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.
Below is a general time guideline (1 week or 1½ weeks), but obviously some modules may take you less time to work through and other modules may take you more time.
|Unit||Topic||Readings from Pinel's Biopsychology|
|1 (1 week)||Development of the Nervous System||Ch. 9|
|2 (1½ weeks)||Brain Damage and Neuroplasticity||Ch. 10|
|3 (1½ weeks)||Learning, Memory and Amnesia||Ch. 11|
|4 (1 week)||Hunger, Eating and Health||Ch. 12|
|5 (1 week)||Hormones and Sex||Ch. 13|
|6 (1 week)||Sleep, Dreaming and Circadian Rhythms||Ch. 14|
|7 (1½ weeks)||Drug Addiction and the Brain's Reward Circuits||Ch. 15|
|8 (1½ weeks)||Biopsychology of Emotion, Stress and Health||Ch. 17|
|9 (1½ weeks)||Biopsychology of Psychiatric Disorders||Ch. 18|
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website athttp://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
- Pinel, J.P. (2010). Biopsychology (8th edition). Allyn and Bacon: Boston.
- Online Resource: MyPsycLab
Additionally, for each Unit, 1-2 current journal articles will also be required reading. These articles will all be available through the Queen’s University Online Library.
To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 12 - 18 hours per week on the course.
Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.
About Credit Units
Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.
To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.
The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Dates and Deadlines section.
Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.
The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.
|Letter Grade||Grade Point|
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How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.
Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.
Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
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All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.
All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.
Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.