- Issues and Principles of Biological Psychology.
- Development and Evolution of the Brain.
- Communication Function of Nerve Cells.
- Anatomy of the Nervous System and Methods of its Investigation.
- Coding Function of Nerve Cells: Sensory Systems.
- Sleep and Wakefulness.
- Regulation of Internal Motivational and Emotional States: Temperature, Thirst, Hunger, Sexual and Emotional Behaviour.
- Learning and Memory.
- Biological Approaches to Mental Illness.
- Behavioural Effects of Drugs, Hormones, and Brain Damage.
- Effects of Genetics and of Developmental Experiences on Various Structures and Functions.
This course will employ a number of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives and will include some of the following:
- Seminar presentations
- Audio visual presentations
- Small group discussions
- Research projects
- Research papers
- Laboratory demonstrations
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%|
At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to:
- Describe and explain the global issues and principles of biological psychology.
- Describe research methods used to study brain and behaviour.
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of brain anatomy and function by being able to identify and/or define terms, concepts and structures.
- Describe and explain the development and evolution of brain structure and function.
- Describe and explain the communication and coding functions of nerve cells.
- 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.
- Describe the biological approaches to mental illness and the behavioural effects of drugs, hormones, and brain damage.
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.
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.
|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)||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 221 (3)||2019/09/01 to -|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC PSYC 2XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2019/08/31|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV PSYC 280 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC PSYC 2XX (1.5)||2018/05/01 to -|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC PSYC 215A (1.5)||2004/09/01 to 2018/04/30|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||DOUG PSYC 2315 (3) & DOUG PSYC 2360 (3) = UVIC PSYC 251 (1.5) & UVIC PSYC 2XX (1.5)||2018/05/01 to -|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU PSYC 205 (3)||2021/09/01 to -|