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HPS205 - Brain, Biology and Behaviour

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Mark Rogers





Incompatible with:

HPS775, HSO207

Contact hours:

Trimester 2 Campus: 1 x 2 hour class and 1 x 2 hour seminar per fortnight

Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 Cloud (online): 1 x 2 hour seminar per fortnight


This unit explores contemporary neurobiological explanations of human behaviour. Individual, social, ethical and practical implications are examined in the context of topics including: neural structure and function, psychopharmacology, biological methods, sensory systems, emotions, motor activity, sleep, mental disorders, language, memory and learning.


Assessment task 1: Examination (2 hours) 60%

Assessment task 2: Team presentations 30%

Assessment task 3: Reflective piece (700 words) 10%

Fortnightly team presentation will take place in practical classes (in class for campus students or online (via eLive) for cloud (online) students). Cloud (online) students will require access to a computer-compatible microphone. Students - campus and cloud (online) - unable to participate in practicals may be eligible to receive an alternative assessment in which they submit a recording of their presentations.

Prescribed texts

Kalat, JW 20013, Biological Psychology, 11th edn, Thomson/Wadsworth, Belmont, CA.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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