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Mind, Brain and Behaviour 1 focuses on the workings of the individual from a psychological perspective. It includes detail of the neural components constituting the brain, the operation of the sensory systems underlying interaction with the external environment and the cognitive processes that construct the internal world experienced by the individual. Careful consideration will be given to the nature of this internal world and the importance of its relationship to the external world.
The course is designed to raise significant questions prompting students to think about behaviour and to explore possible answers. Students will be introduced to the tools used in psychology to find answers to these questions. A common research-centred framework is adopted and the statistical tools that support this framework are introduced and developed as an integral part of the course. Psychology derives its approaches and questions from both science and the arts.
Intended learning outcomes
- To introduce the broad areas and varied approaches that comprise the field of psychology;
- To develop an understanding of some key psychological concepts and theories from several areas of psychology;
- To develop skills in the use and evaluation of scientific methodology and enquiry, including research design and data analysis;
- To develop basic skills in the critical evaluation of psychological literature;
- To develop skills in report writing as it applies to the study of psychology.
On completion of Mind, Brain and Behaviour 1 students should be able to:
- apply analytical skills to new issues;
- apply a hypothesis testing approach to new questions, including formulation of a research question, collection of relevant observations, analysis and interpretation of data using basic descriptive statistics to arrive at a conclusion; communicate the findings of empirical studies.
Last updated: 8 November 2019