HLTH SC 1406 - Introduction to Behavioural Neuroscience

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

The ability to sense and respond to our environment is critical to the survival of all living things, from the simplest of single celled organisms right up to complicated animals like us. In this course, students will explore how we sense our environment, and how our brains use this information to guide behaviour. Students will focus on four broad areas; first, students will investigate the senses, including smell, taste, vision, hearing, and touch. Then, learn how hormones affect multiple body systems with implications for occupational engagement. Next, students will learn about the internal processes that keep human bodies working efficiently. Finally, students will uncover the mechanisms of learning and memory.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code HLTH SC 1406
    Course Introduction to Behavioural Neuroscience
    Coordinating Unit TBS
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Restricted to the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and Bachelor of Speech Pathology students only.
    Course Description The ability to sense and respond to our environment is critical to the survival of all living things, from the simplest of single celled organisms right up to complicated animals like us. In this course, students will explore how we sense our environment, and how our brains use this information to guide behaviour. Students will focus on four broad areas; first, students will investigate the senses, including smell, taste, vision, hearing, and touch. Then, learn how hormones affect multiple body systems with implications for occupational engagement. Next, students will learn about the internal processes that keep human bodies working efficiently. Finally, students will uncover the mechanisms of learning and memory.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Emma George

    Phone: +61 8 8313 3122
    Email: emma.george@adelaide.edu.au  
    Location Level 4, Engineering & Maths Sciences Building

    Student & Program Support Services Hub
    Phone: +61 8 8313 5336
    Email: askhealthsc@adelaide.edu.au  
    Location: Ground Floor, Helen Mayo North
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Timetable information can be found in the MyUni website for this course.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Interpret key areas of neuroscience relevant to human and animal behaviour.
    2 Identify and use appropriate information sources in behavioural neuroscience to support oral and written arguments.
    3 Evaluate methodology and experimental outcomes in key areas of behavioural neuroscience.
    4 Develop logical, well supported and appropriately referenced arguments and conclusions based on empirical evidence.
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 3, 4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    -
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    -
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    -
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Textbook: Breedlove, SM & Watson, NV 2019, Behavioral neuroscience, Ninth edition., Sinauer Associates, Inc., Publishers, Sunderland, Massachusetts.
    Recommended Resources
    Online Textbook: Bear, MF, Connors, BW & Paradiso, MA 2020, Neuroscience : exploring the brain, Enhanced fourth edition, Jones & Bartlett Learning, Burlington

    Textbook: Carlson, NR & Birkett, MA 2016, Physiology of Behavior, Global Edition, 12th edition, Pearson Education Limited, Great Britain

    Textbook: Kalat, J 2017, Biological Psychology, 13th Edition, Cengage Learning Inc, US
    Online Learning
    All notes, resource manuals and papers for lectures, practicals, tutorial sessions and assessment tasks are available on MyUni as well as lists of suitable readings, online quizzes and links to external websites.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The approach to learning and teaching involves students’ progression through four modules across the course. Learning in this course is supported by a blended learning model that uses a mixture of delivery modes to ensure the course materials are aligned to and facilitate student achievement of learning outcomes. Learning activities will include lectures (both face to face and on-line), workshop sessions and self-paced on-line activities.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Lectures: 12 x 2 hours = 24 hours
    Workshops: 12 x 2 hours = 24 hours
    Examination: 1 x 2 hours = 2 hours
    Preparation for Workshop Sessions: 1 hour per session = 12 hours
    Preparation for Assessment Tasks = 25 hours
    Weekly reading: 2 hours per week = 24 hours
    Online modules: 3 hours per week = 36 hours
    TOTAL = 147 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    MODULE 1: SENSORY SYSTEMS

    • General and Chemical Senses
    • Characteristics of sensory systems
    • Sensory pathways to the brain

    • Vision
    • Visual pathways to the brain
    • Neurobiology of echolocation

    • Hearing
    • Basics of sound
    • Anatomy and physiology of the ear
    • Auditory pathways to the brain
    • Vestibular system

    • Touch and Pain
    • Tactile receptors in the skin
    • Sensory pathways to the brain
    • Pain perception

    • Motor Systems
    • How muscles control movement
    • Proprioception
    • Control of movement by the nervous system
    • Disorders that disrupt movement

    MODULE 2: HORMONES

    • Introduction to Hormones
    • The basics of hormonal communication
    • Hormones in the body
    • Endocrine glands / structures
    • Endocrine disorders

    • Stress
    • The sympathetic stress systems
    • The HPA-axis
    • Stress and immunity

    • Sex
    • Reproductive behaviour
    • Sexual differentiation

    MODULE 3: HOMEOSTASIS

    • Thermoregulation and Osmoregulation
    • Homeostasis
    • Thermoregulation
    • Fluid regulation
    • The effects of ecstasy on homeostatic systems

    • Metabolism
    • Why we eat
    • Insulin and energy utilization
    • Appetite control
    • Obesity treatments

    MODULE 4: LEARNING AND MEMORY

    • Memory Systems
    • Multiple Memory Systems
    • Stages of memory, and memory modulation
    • Brain regions that are important for memory formation
    • Disorders of memory

    • Memory Molecules
    • Memory formation requires synaptic remodelling
    • Simple systems approaches to understanding memory
    • Long-term potential in the hippocampus
    • Neurogenesis
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Whilst no offical SGDE will be offered in this course, there will be numerous opportunities throughout the semester to work in groups with other students.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The assessment for Introduction to Behavioural Neuroscience consists of:

    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Examination Summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Assignment Summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Continuous Assessment Formative & Summative 40% 1, 2, 4
    Detailed information, including due dates, can be found in the MyUni wesbite for this course.
    Assessment Detail
    Written Examination (40%) - A two-hour written examination covering entire course content will be held during the University examination period. Students will be required to complete a variety of different types of questions to demonstrate their achievement of the course learning outcomes.

    Assignment (20%) - Students will complete a written laboratory report related to the content covered in practical classes.

    Continuous Assessment (40%) - Continuous assessment tasks will occur frequently throughout scheduled course time and will not require additional preparation time beyond normal expectations. The continuous assessment contains two components. Students are required to complete online quizzes (20%) at the end of each of the four modules, and an oral presentation (20%) related to hormonal regulation.
    Submission
    Detailed information on assessment task submission can be found in the MyUni website for this course.
    Course Grading

    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.

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