ANAT SC 2110 - The Neuroscience of Human Behaviour and Cognition

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

The Neuroscience of Human Behaviour and Cognition will provide an introduction into the neurological mechanisms that produce human behaviour and how behaviour in turn modifies the structures and action of the brain. Students will explore constructs of behaviour from the social expression of behaviour to the dynamics of neural systems and circuits to the role of molecular cascades within individual neurons in driving behavioural processes. Behaviours covered within the course will range from basic drives such as hunger and sleep to complex concepts of cognitive function and consciousness. Lectures are supplemented with tutorials sessions. Tutorials include interactive small group activities designed to reinforce key course concepts and enhance student engagement. There will also be examination of key neuroanatomical regions that underlie key behaviours and cognitive functions within the tutorial. Students will also undertake a research project in order to enhance their development of scientific research skills: forming collaborations, presenting research findings and responding to critical questions.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANAT SC 2110
    Course The Neuroscience of Human Behaviour and Cognition
    Coordinating Unit Medical Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 4.5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge HLTH SC 1001; ANAT SC 2006
    Assessment Assessment for this course is composed of quizzes, module exams, a 'Neuroscience Fact or Fiction' group project and an end of semester exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Frances Corrigan

    Course Co-ordinator
    A/Prof Frances Corrigan:
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Describe the development of behaviour and its biological characteristics over the life span.
    2 Understand the biological mechanisms that underlie cognition, learning and memory.
    3 Describe the principles guiding sensory processing of vision, hearing, taste, touch and smell.
    4 Apply knowledge of human anatomy to identify the brain regions involved in the regulation of behaviour and cognition.
    5 Describe emotions, the brain mechanisms related to emotional states and the effects of dysregulation of these systems.
    6 Understand the applications of behavioural neuroscience for understanding human health and disease.
    7 Display insight into current research issues and an ability to critically evaluate primary literature in the field of neuroscience.
    8 Develop skills necessary for a professional in the sciences including: working collaboratively, identifying research questions, conducting literature searches, writing research proposals, presenting research findings in oral form.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Breedlove and Watson. Behavioural Neuroscience 8th edition, Sinauer Associates, Inc, 2017
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    3 x online lectures per week and 1 x in-person tutorial per week

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

    Lectures: 36 x 1 hour = 36 hours
    Tutorials: 13 x 1 hour = 13 hours
    Examination: 1 x 2 hours = 2 hours
    End-Of-Module Quizzes: 2 x 20 hours = 40 hours
    Preparation for Tutorial Sessions: 2 hour per session = 24 hours
    Major Assessment Task = 30 hours
    General study = 36 hours
    Exam preparation = 20 hours

    TOTAL = 156 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Course materials are divided into 12 weekly modules:

    Module 1: Biological Basis of Behaviour
    Module 2: Neuroanatomy
    Module 3: Development
    Module 4: Perception 1
    Module 5: Perception 2
    Module 6: Drives
    Module 7: Motor
    Module 8: Emotion
    Module 9: Cognitive Neuroscience 1: Memory
    Module 10: Cognitive Neuroscience 2: Learning and Decision Making
    Module 11: Behavioural Neurology
    Module 12: Language

    Detailed information on lecture and tutorial content can be found in the MyUni website for this course.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Please refer to the Course Information on MyUni
  • 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
    Assessment Task Task Type (Formative or Summative Percentage of Total Assessment Weighting Hurdle Requirement Course Learning Outcome(s) being assessed
    Quizzes (2) Formative 0 No 1 - 5
    Module Exams Summative 30% (2 x 15%) No 1 - 5
    Group Project Summative 20% No 5 - 8
    Tutorial Participation Summative 10% No 1 - 8
    End of Semester Exam Summative 40% No 1 - 5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Please refer to Assessment detail below
    Assessment Detail
    Quizzes (0%): 10 MCQs to test content from weeks 1-3, and 6-8 only. This assessment is formative and is designed to introduce students to the format of assessment used in this course, as well as provided an opportunity to revise prior to the module exams.

    Module Exams (2 x 15%) (Weighting 30%): Two module exams will be held examining materials from weeks 1-5 and 6-10 respectively. Each module exam will be comprised of a series of MCQ and short answer questions.

    Group project (Weighting: 20%, Incorporating 15% oral presentation and 5% peer mark): This assignment will examine students’ ability to work together with a group to identify the neurobiological mechanisms underpinning a certain behaviour. Students will examine the literature to provide evidence to describe the proposed neuroscience. All members of the group will receive the same mark for the oral presentation, with 5% allocated to a peer mark

    Tutorial participation (Weighting: 10%): Students will be required to completed pre-tutorial questions and actively engage in tutorial sessions throughout the semester

    End of semester exam (Weighting: 40%): A two hour exam composed of 60 MCQs and 40 short answer questions will be held at the end of semester and cover all content from Weeks 1-11.
    Submission of the Major project is done via Turnitin in MyUni. All in-semester tests are also completed online via MyUni
    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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