Course Description

Course Name

Brain and Cognition

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Biopsychology, sensation and perception, and cognitive processes.

In this course, we will examine cognitive behaviour and its biological basis. Topics will include sensation and perception, learning and memory, executive function and motor control. We will consider these abilities and their underlying brain mechanisms across the developmental spectrum (from infancy to advanced ageing), as well as in populations with neurological conditions.

Course Structure
This course involves laboratories and lectures. Topics covered include:
-Sensation and perception
-Learning and memory
-Executive function
-Motor control

Laboratory Work: Psychology is an empirical subject, and laboratory work is an important part of it. Topics in the laboratory programme are related to those covered in the lectures.

-Internal assessment involves two written assignments and a laboratory book. Internal assessment contributes 50% to the final grade
-External assessment involves a two-hour multiple-choice exam at the end of the term

Terms: PSYC 211 has terms requirements. Students must attend all laboratories and submit the two written assignments in order to sit the final examination.

Learning Outcomes
Develop an understanding of cognitive behaviour, its biological basis and relevant research methods

Recommended Reading:

Findlay, B. (2012). How to write psychology research reports and essays (6th ed.). French Forest, NSW: Pearson Australia.
Gazzaniga, M. S., Ivry, R. B., & Mangun, G. R. (2014). Cognitive neuroscience: The biology of the mind (4th ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

*Course content subject to change