PSYC230 Neuroscience of Psychology

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Psychology

I. Course Number and Title
PSYC230 Neuroscience of Psychology
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
PSYC110 (C or better)
Corequisites
None.
V. Other Pertinent Information
None.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course focuses on biological contributions to behavior. Instruction encompasses teachings regarding introduction to the structure and function of the nervous systems as well as psychological topics including, but not limited to, emotions, stress, sleep, substance use and abuse, learning, memory and psychological disorders.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. identify neuroanatomical structures and corresponding functions;
      2. distinguish neurotransmitter effects on behavior;
      3. discriminate brain structures and activity in relation to behavior; and
      4. analyze neuroscience research studies and findings.

    3. Core(if applicable)
    4. This course in not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. evolution, genetics and experience
    2. research methodology
    3. neural structures and functions
    4. drugs, addictions and treatments
    5. emotions, stress and health
    6. sleep
    7. learning
    8. memory
    9. psychological disorders
    10. current directions in neuroscience
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Exams, quizzes, classroom exercises, class or on-line participation, and/or projects as specified in the individual instructor’s course format will be utilized. A minimum of four examinations will be given.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Students use educational resources as specified in the individual instructor’s format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 7/2010