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PS219 - Psychobiology

  • Module code: PS219
  • Module name: Psychobiology
  • Department: Psychology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module aims to extend the basic psychobiological knowledge acquired in the first year to more complex issues of nervous system functioning and nervous system /endocrine system interactions in order to enable students to appreciate how a psychobiological perspective might help us to understand human behaviour. Particular emphasis will be placed on providing an insight into the complexities of psychobiological research, its recent advances, as well as its limits. A further aim is to encourage students to address and discuss challenging, up-to-date topics in psychobiology by requiring assessed group work instead of individual work, thereby encouraging students to develop their team-player capabilities and communication skills.

Principal learning outcomes

"By the end of the module the student will have an understanding of and be able to discuss the following: The functional architecture of the brain at the macroscopic and the microscopic level; The principles of signal processing in the brain and their relevance for understanding complex behaviour; Structure and function of the visual system; The psychobiological underpinnings of genetics and neurochemistry;The psychobiological underpinnings of sex differences and laterality; The psychobiology of learning and memory;The psychobiology of homeostatic processes;The psychobiology of bodily rhythms. "

Timetabled teaching activities

Length of module: 12 weeks. One two-hour lecture per week. Attendance at lectures is compulsory.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PS219-15)
B1 (Examination only) locally Adminstered Exam 80%
locally Adminstered Exam 20%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Psychology (C800) - Year 2
Optional Core


  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 2
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 3
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (with Intercalated year) (VL79) - Year 4