Brain and Behaviour

The details
Kaplan Singapore
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
26 September 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC C800JS Psychology,
BSC C800NS Psychology

Module description

This module addresses how the brain underlies behaviour from the cellular level via the systems level to cognitive and behavioural levels.

Main topics cover neuroanatomy, cell physiology, typical and atypical neuropsychology, psychopharmacology, sleep and various socio-cognitive processes (i.e. learning and memory, motor control, emotion).

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To provide an appreciation of the physiological mechanisms that underlie human behaviour.

  • To introduce the physiological mechanisms underlying behaviour.

  • To encourage students to consider the possibility that even our deepest thoughts and feelings arise from electrical and chemical activity in our brains.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Acquire an understanding of the key issues and concepts of biological psychology.

  2. Develop critical thinking skills in evaluating methodological approaches and theoretical accounts in biological psychology.

  3. Develop an understanding of the biological bases of behaviour and cognition.

  4. Develop an ability and an understanding of how to present acquired knowledge in an applied and educationally salient way.

Learning outcomes 1-4 will be assessed by three pieces of coursework, in the form of an oral presentation, and two related pieces of educational products: an information ‘flyer’ and a (more in-depth) written pamphlet.

Module information

The brain is an extremely complex organ, and many areas of interest to psychologists are as yet, beyond the reductionist approach adopted here. However, it is hoped that the module will at least establish the possibility that even our deepest thoughts and feelings arise from a combination of electrical and chemical interactions.

The lectures will introduce students to the broad approaches and methods used in biological psychology. As part of the module's assessment, students will develop an understanding of a wide range of psychological and neuroscientific theories, and the main methods of cognitive neuroscience.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Ten sessions lasting approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes each. Each session will integrate a lecture format with opportunities for self-testing and questions.

Lectures start on the hour. Please arrive promptly to avoid disrupting the class. There will be a short break halfway through the class. Please ask questions during class if there is anything that is unclear. Issues and points raised in the lecture can also be discussed in online discussion activities and student participation will be encouraged.

This module will be taught by blended learning. This will combine online material and face to face sessions where appropriate.

Seminars to support coursework will be provided.

A questions forum on Moodle is also provided, in order to facilitate questions that arise outside of lectures. Other extra material is also shared on Moodle in order to encourage an open mind to learning beyond the classroom and a willingness to engage in independent learning.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Exam  Main exam: Remote, Open Book, 24hr during Partnership 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: Remote, Open Book, 24hr during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
25% 75%


Coursework Exam
25% 75%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Helge Gillmeister, email:
Dr Steffan Kennett, Dr Elia Valentini, Dr Megan Klabunde and Dr Gethin Hughes



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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