PSYC105-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Introductory Psychology - Brain, Behaviour and Cognition

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
19 Feb 2018 - 24 Jun 2018

Description

An introduction to the brain and its role in thought and behaviour, and to perception, learning and cognition.

Psychology is a popular choice among a wide variety of students. Psychology can be included in degrees in arts, science, law, commerce, education, music, and fine arts. Anyone eligible to attend university may enrol in first year psychology. Psychology is commonly chosen as the majoring subject for students graduating Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Two 15-point introductory courses are available. Together they provide a general introduction to the major fields within psychology.PSYC105 (S1) and PSYC106 (S2) are the prerequisite courses for advancement to any PSYC 200 course.

Major domains covered in PSYC105 include:
• Neuroscience and Behaviour – an introduction to the brain structures and processes that underlie behaviour, language and human cognition and how normal brain functioning may be affected by drugs, disease and injury.
• Learning and Behaviour Change – how the principles of observational, learning and operant and respondent conditioning are used to acquire and maintain desirable behaviours in the behaviour repertoire and how they can be used to modify behaviours that are maladaptive and antisocial.
• The senses and perception – how sensors and associated brain systems (e.g. vision, hearing, pain) detect and process information about our physical environment and our bodies in adaptively useful ways.
• Memory, Reasoning and Intelligence. How the human memory system is organized to retain information from the present that will be useful later to solve problems, make inferences and reason and how intelligence tests are constructed and used.

WHAT BACKGROUND IS NEEDED TO STUDY PSYCHOLOGY?
Curiosity and an eagerness to acquire new information along with regular attendance at lecture and laboratory classes and the self discipline required to undertake unsupervised personal study are essential. No particular subject backgrounds are required if you have met the general university entrance requirements via NCEA or an equivalent route but students who have studied biology or any other science, or statistics or maths to NCEA levels 2 or 3 will find these useful preparation, but they are NOT essential. If you are more than 20 years of age and without university entrance qualifications, then competence in mathematics to NCEA level 1 and reading and writing in English to NCEA level 2 are assumed along with the ability to use a computer for word processing and internet access.

WHAT PSYC105 AND PSYC106 LEADS TO: Any PSYC200 level Psychology courses.
Comprehensive information is available about all courses in psychology in the Psychology Department's Handbook which can be downloaded as a pdf from the Department's Home Page/Quick Links, or you can request a hard copy by emailing: psychology@canterbury.ac.nz

Learning Outcomes

On successfully passing this course, students will:
(a) Have learned some of the key terms used in the study of brain and behaviour, learning and behaviour change, human sensation, perception and cognition.
(b) Have gained an understanding of key concepts and theories in psychopharmacology and neuropsychology, learning and behaviour change, the human senses and perception, human memory, reasoning and intelligence testing.
(c) Have through laboratory classes gained experience and an elementary understanding of how experimental methods are used to gain scientific knowledge in psychology.
(d) Have demonstrated elementary abilities in handling quantitative data in psychology.
(e) Have demonstrated abilities to write clearly about research procedures and data in a research report.
(f) Have practiced effective study skills.

Restrictions

PSYC103, PSYC104

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 C1 Lecture Theatre 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
02 Monday 14:00 - 15:00 C1 Lecture Theatre 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 C1 Lecture Theatre 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
02 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 C1 Lecture Theatre 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 10:00 C1 Lecture Theatre 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
02 Thursday 17:00 - 18:00 C1 Lecture Theatre 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (26/2-19/3, 30/4-21/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (26/2-19/3, 30/4-21/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May
02 Monday 11:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (26/2-19/3, 30/4-21/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (26/2-19/3, 30/4-21/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May
03 Monday 14:00 - 16:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (26/2-19/3, 30/4-21/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (26/2-19/3, 30/4-21/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May
04 Monday 16:00 - 18:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (26/2-19/3, 30/4-21/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (26/2-19/3, 30/4-21/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May
05 Tuesday 09:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (27/2-20/3, 1/5-22/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (27/2-20/3, 1/5-22/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May
06 Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (27/2-20/3, 1/5-22/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (27/2-20/3, 1/5-22/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May
07 Tuesday 14:00 - 16:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (27/2-20/3, 1/5-22/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (27/2-20/3, 1/5-22/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May
08 Tuesday 16:00 - 18:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (27/2-20/3, 1/5-22/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (27/2-20/3, 1/5-22/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May
09 Tuesday 18:00 - 20:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (27/2-20/3, 1/5-22/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (27/2-20/3, 1/5-22/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May
10 Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (28/2-21/3, 2/5-23/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (28/2-21/3, 2/5-23/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May
11 Wednesday 11:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (28/2-21/3, 2/5-23/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (28/2-21/3, 2/5-23/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May
12 Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (28/2-21/3, 2/5-23/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (28/2-21/3, 2/5-23/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May
13 Wednesday 16:00 - 18:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (28/2-21/3, 2/5-23/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (28/2-21/3, 2/5-23/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May
14 Wednesday 18:00 - 20:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (28/2-21/3, 2/5-23/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (28/2-21/3, 2/5-23/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May
15 Thursday 09:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (1/3-22/3, 3/5-24/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (1/3-22/3, 3/5-24/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May
16 Thursday 11:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (1/3-22/3, 3/5-24/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (1/3-22/3, 3/5-24/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May
17 Thursday 14:00 - 16:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (1/3-22/3, 3/5-24/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (1/3-22/3, 3/5-24/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May
18 Thursday 16:00 - 18:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (1/3-22/3, 3/5-24/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (1/3-22/3, 3/5-24/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May
19 Friday 09:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (2/3-23/3, 4/5-25/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (2/3-23/3, 4/5-25/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May
20 Friday 11:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (2/3-23/3, 4/5-25/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (2/3-23/3, 4/5-25/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May
21 Friday 14:00 - 16:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (2/3-23/3, 4/5-25/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (2/3-23/3, 4/5-25/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May
22 Friday 16:00 - 18:00 Psychology - Sociology 116 (2/3-23/3, 4/5-25/5)
Psychology - Sociology 115 (2/3-23/3, 4/5-25/5)
26 Feb - 25 Mar
30 Apr - 27 May

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 19:00 - 21:30 A2 Lecture Theatre (27/3)
A3 Lecture Theatre (27/3)
C1 Lecture Theatre (27/3)
C2 Lecture Theatre (27/3)
C3 Lecture Theatre (27/3)
A1 Lecture Theatre (27/3)
26 Mar - 1 Apr

Course Coordinator

Zhe Chen

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Research Participation 5%
Laboratory Exercises 16%
Research Report 15%
Multi-choice Test 06 May 2017 36%
Multi-choice final exam 28%

Textbooks

Required Texts

Schacter, D., Gilbert, D., Wegner, D., & Hood, B; Psychology; 2nd European Ed; Pelgrave, 2015.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $834.00

International fee $3,888.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Psychology.

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