Brain and Behaviour

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
13 May 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC C831 Cognitive Science,
BSC C832 Cognitive Science (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C833 Cognitive Science (Including Placement Year),
BA 63C2 Psychological Studies,
BA C801 Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BA C802 Psychology,
BA C807 Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BA C810 Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C800 Psychology,
BSC C803 Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C811 Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C812 Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C806 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C808 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience,
BSC C809 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Placement Year),
BSC C813 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C814 Psychology with Economics,
BSC C815 Psychology with Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C816 Psychology with Economics (Including Placement Year)

Module description

The module is co-ordinated by Dr Nick Cooper, to whom queries should be addressed.

The aim of the module is to provide an appreciation of the physiological mechanisms that underlie human behaviour. 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 be taught by Dr Nick Cooper, Dr Steffan Kennett, Dr Gethin Hughes and Dr Elia Valentini. PS411 will be supported by additional tutorial classes, which will introduce the use of Powerpoint Presentations.

PS411 is assessed by an oral PowerPoint presentation (10%), and a timed essay (15%) and a final end-of-year essay-based summer examination (75%).

Socrate and International students:
These students have different assessments and must check with the department what the requirements are.

Module aims

This module will detail the psychological mechanisms that underlie human behaviour and highlight the possibility that even our deepest thoughts and feelings arise from electrical and chemical activity in our brains.

Module learning outcomes


Module information

Compulsory for:
Year 2 BA Psychology, Year 2 BSc Psychology
16/10/18 JC

Learning and teaching methods

The PS411 module will have an oral PowerPoint presentation and timed essay. Full details will be made available in the module handout. The Module will provide seminars to support your study.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Timed essay 60%
Practical Oral Presentation 40%
Exam 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
25% 75%


Coursework Exam
25% 75%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Nick Cooper, Dr Steffan Kennett, Dr Elia Valentini, Dr Megan Klabunde and Dr Gethin Hughes



External examiner

Dr Thomas Hunt
University of Derby
Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Available via Moodle
Of 53 hours, 49 (92.5%) hours available to students:
4 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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