PSYC3062 Behavioural Neuroscience

Bachelor Course Unit


One trimester


3rd year

Credit points:

6 (out of 144)



Mode(s) of delivery:

On-campus and Online Delivery




This unit is an elective subject in the 3rd year of the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences programme. The main objective of PSYC3062 is to introduce students to the topic area of behavioural neuroscience and human neuropsychology which is a cutting-edge biomedical discipline that explores the biological bases of behaviour and cognition.

Unit Description

Students will have a thorough understanding of the biochemical, anatomical and physiological bases of brain function and dysfunction, as well as a detailed knowledge of behavioural disorders. The unit will provide students with an in-depth understanding of neuroscientific approaches to the study of human brain function. Lectures will be complemented

Learning outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

  • Discuss the relationship between the brain, neurons, and behaviour.
  • Identify prominent structures of the human central nervous system and describe their function.
  • Describe the effects and mechanism of the action of a range of psychoactive drugs on the central nervous system.
  • Articulate patterns of sleep and sleep disorders.
  • Explain the mechanism and symptoms of various brain disorders on cognitive, behavioural and emotional functioning.
  • Explain brain development from birth through to adulthood.
  • Describe how environmental toxins affect brain development and behaviour.
  • Discuss the causes of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases.

Unit content

  • Introduction to behavioural neuroscience and human neuropsychology
  • Introduction to Neuroanatomy structure and function
  • Neuropsychological functioning: Measuring brain function
  • What is Dyslexia and how do you diagnose it? An introduction to childhood learning disorders
  • Cognition in Ageing and the Dementia Syndromes: Alzeheimers Disease
  • Speech and language
  • Cognition in Ageing and the Dementia Syndromes: Parkinson's Disease
  • Cognition in Ageing and the Dementia Syndromes: Huntington's Disease
  • Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and cerebrovascular disease
  • Sleep, circadian rhythms and the association cortices

Learning and teaching process

This unit comprises 10 weekly 2.5 hour lectures and 9 weekly 1 hour tutorials. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory. Attendance at lectures is highly recommended. Lectures will be captured electronically at the time of delivery. These recordings of the slide content and oral presentation will be available for downloading as soon as it is feasible after the lecture.

Assessment Summary 

Assessment information provided at the commencement of the unit in the online class space.

Recommended text(s)

For more information regarding recommended texts for specific units, please see the School of Psychological Sciences Textbook List.

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to the Academic Misconduct Policy for more information.


This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it throughout the trimester. Your lecturer will advise when there are updates on the site and also when readings are available for class discussion.