Biological Bases of Behaviour

Faculty
Humanities & Social Sciences
Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSYC 2315
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15
Max Class Size
35
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
This course will introduce the student both to the variety of biological approaches to understanding behaviour, and to the research techniques used. After an introduction to basic neuroanatomy and physiology and to the development and evolution of brain structure and function, various topics in biological psychology will be surveyed. These will include the communication and coding functions of nerve cells; the psychobiology of: development and aging, movement, learning and memory, and internal motivational emotional states; the biological approaches to mental illness; and the behavioural effects of drugs, hormones, and brain damage.
Course Content
  1. Issues and Principles of Biological Psychology.
  2. Development and Evolution of the Brain.
  3. Communication Function of Nerve Cells.
  4. Anatomy of the Nervous System and Methods of its Investigation.
  5. Coding Function of Nerve Cells: Sensory Systems.
  6. Movement.
  7. Sleep and Wakefulness.
  8. Regulation of Internal Motivational and Emotional States: Temperature, Thirst, Hunger, Sexual and Emotional Behaviour.
  9. Learning and Memory.
  10. Biological Approaches to Mental Illness.
  11. Behavioural Effects of Drugs, Hormones, and Brain Damage.
  12. Effects of Genetics and of Developmental Experiences on Various Structures and Functions.
Methods Of Instruction

This course will employ a number of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives and will include some of the following:

  • Lectures
  • Seminar presentations
  • Audio visual presentations
  • Small group discussions
  • Research projects
  • Research papers
  • Laboratory demonstrations
Means of Assessment

The course evaluation will be in accordance with Douglas College and Psychology Department policies. Evaluations will be based on the course objectives. The specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.

 

An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:

 

In-class exams (4)  70%
Term paper or project      20%
Student presentation  10%
Total 100%
Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe and explain the global issues and principles of biological psychology.
  2. Describe research methods used to study brain and behaviour.
  3. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of brain anatomy and function by being able to identify and/or define terms, concepts and structures.
  4. Describe and explain the development and evolution of brain structure and function.
  5. Describe and explain the communication and coding functions of nerve cells.
  6. Identify and define terms, concepts and theories related to the psychophysiology of: development and aging, movement, learning and memory, and internal motivational and emotional states.
  7. Describe the biological approaches to mental illness and the behavioural effects of drugs, hormones, and brain damage.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:

Textbook(s) such as the following, the list to be updated periodically:

  • Kalat, J.W. Biological psychology (current edition). Belmont, CA., Nelson/Cengage.
  • Kolb, B. & Whishaw, I.Q. Introduction to brain and behaviour (current edition). MacMillan/Worth.

Selected readings may also be assigned by the instructor.

Requisites

Prerequisites

Corequisites

Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses

Equivalencies

Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO PSYC 215 (3) 2013/01/01 to -
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU PSYC 225 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Coast Mountain College (CMTN) CMTN PSYC 2XX (3) 2020/05/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU PSYC 2315 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG PSYC 2331 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Okanagan College (OC) OC PSYC 230 (3) 2018/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU PSYC 280 (3), B-Sci 2004/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PSYC 310 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PSYC 2040 (3) 2010/09/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU PSYC 3XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2009/12/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU PSYC 350 (3) 2010/01/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO PSYO 230 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV PSYC 2nd (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC PSYC 2XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2019/08/31
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC PSYC 221 (3) 2019/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV PSYC 280 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC PSYC 215A (1.5) 2004/09/01 to 2018/04/30
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC PSYC 2XX (1.5); DOUG PSYC 2315 (3) & DOUG PSYC 2360 (3) = UVIC PSYC 251 (1.5) & UVIC PSYC 2XX (1.5) 2018/05/01 to -

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
12906
Wed
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Di Pietro
Nina
Open
Online
This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed
9:30 - 12:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
13719
Mon Wed
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Marshall
Wilma
Open
Online
This course will include some synchronous on-line activities. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times. Synchronous on-line activities may include lecture, or they may not. In some courses, synchronous class time may be used instead for active learning components (e.g. discussions, labs).
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
0
35
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Mon Wed
11:30 - 13:20