PSYCHOL 3026 - Learning and Behaviour
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 3026 Course Learning and Behaviour Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites PSYCHOL 2004, PSYCHOL 2005, PSYCHOL 2006 and PSYCHOL 2007 Incompatible PSYCHOL 3013 Course Description The aim of this course is to provide students with an intermediate-to-advanced understanding of learning theory and behaviourism with a particular focus on how these principles can be applied to the study of human behaviour. The course will introduce students to the principal theoretical foundations of behavioural research as it has been developed through studies of animals, and it will place these principles in an applied clinical context. Key findings on the neurobiology of learning will also be discussed, as well as applications of these findings to clinical disorders.
Course Coordinator: Irina Baetu
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Comprehend learning phenomena and current associative theories.
2. Understand the logic behind experimental designs and how they test various theories.
3. Understand the clinical applications of research in the field of learning.
4. Develop critical thinking skills.
5. Practice communicating experimental results in a written report in a concise and clear manner.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-3, 5 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4,5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2-4 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4,5 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4,5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-4 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-5
Required ResourcesFor additional information regarding required resources please refer to the relevant Program Handbook at the following link:
Recommended ResourcesBouton, M. E. (2007). Learning and Behavior: A Contemporary Synthesis. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates, Inc.
Mazur, J.E. (6th ed, 1998). Learning and behavior, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Barr Smith Library – Psychology on the Web
The Library is a major resource centre for students. The Research Librarian for Psychology, Maureen Bell, provides some useful information through the Internet at http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/psychology. The website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods.
For additional information regarding recommended resources please refer to the relevant Psychology Program Handbook and the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available at the link below):
Students are required to access MyUni regularly. In addition to containing course materials, important notices and information regarding the course will also be placed on MyUni. MyUni also contains Discussion Boards, and students are encouraged to use these to discuss aspects of the course or any concerns they have.
MyUni also allows staff and other students to send emails to student addresses. It is important that students check their student email regularly.
This course may also use MyUni for one or more of the following:
• Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
• Submission of summative assessment
• Access to lecture recordings
• Access to tutorial materials
• Additional readings
• Self-directed learning activities
• Exam preparation materials
Link to MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered through the following means:
2 Lectures of 1 hour duration each week for a 12-week semester
1 online quiz
1 Practical exercise
1 Final exam
The course will not be available externally, although lecture notes can be accessed remotely for students who cannot attend every lecture. Lecture attendance will be expected for successful completion of the course.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Lectures: 22 x 1 hour = 22 hours
Tutorials: 3 x 1 hour = 3 hours
Online quiz and preparation: 15 hours
Practical preparation: 56 hours
Exam preparation: 57.5 hours
Exam: 2.5 hours
Total: 156 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topics Week 1 Introduction
Innate vs. learned behaviours
Week 2 Innate vs. learned behaviours Week 3 Pavlov, Thorndike
Week 4 Hull-Spence model Week 5 Rescorla-Wagner model
Learning in the brain
Week 6 Attention theories Week 7 Occasion setting
Week 8 Causal reasoning Week 9 Avoidance and learned helplessness
Week 10 Clinical applications Week 11 Neuroplasticity in health and disease Week 12 Neuroplasticity in health and disease
Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed Tutorial attendance Summative 5% 3,4 Online quiz Summative 10% 1 Practical report Summative 40% 2,4,5 Final exam Summative 45% 1-3
Assessment DetailTutorial attendance
Students are required to attend tutorials. The tutors will record attendance.
A short assessment exercise will occur at the approximate midpoint of the course. This will take the form of an online quiz on MyUni for which students will receive feedback.
The practical report will be briefed before the mid semester break. Students will have sufficient time to comprehend the experimental design and the results, and write the report. The practical report will be due in week 9.
The examination will assess all of the course material covered in the lectures, but students will have an opportunity to select questions from a choice of options so that they can focus on their strengths and areas of interest. The examination will be 2.5 hours, and include multiple-choice questions, short answers and essays. The examination will occur in the usual University examination period.
For additional information regarding assessment please refer to the relevant Psychology Program Handbook and the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available at the link below):
SubmissionSubmission dates for all assessment tasks will be posted on MyUni. The online quiz will be completed online on MyUni. The practical report will be submitted electronically via MyUni.
Please refer to the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available at the link below) for details on submission process/requirements, penalties for late submission, the process of applying for extensions, and the staff “turn-around” timeline on assessments and the provision of feedback and policy relating to re-submission/redemptive work.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.
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