PSYC215-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Introductory Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


This course will introduce the disciplines of cognitive and behavioural neuroscience in addition to covering relevant aspects of developmental neuroscience and neuropharmacology. We will cover how the brain develops and changes with sensory inputs and experiences as we learn and update information, navigate the environment, make decisions, and produce actions. Different neuroscience techniques will be introduced, and we will reflect on how changes in perceptual processing, as well as our genetics and environment influence our brain development. This course will also cover the regulations associated with the ethical treatment and welfare of animal models and humans involved in neuroscience research.

Learning Outcomes

  • The objectives of the course are to:

  • Describe and distinguish brain anatomy, neuronal function, and neural systems.
  • Summarize and reflect upon the regulations that govern the ethical treatment and welfare of humans and animals participating in neuroscience research
  • Distinguish between neural systems that support sensory processing, learning and memory, motor function, spatial navigation, executive functions, and emotional processing.
  • Identify how genetics and environmental influences impact on neural systems
  • Compare neuroscience techniques used in animal models and humans, including micro-stimulation, neurophysiology, neuroimaging, and manipulations of neuronal activity.


P: PSYC105 and PSYC106
RP: PSYC107 or ARTS102



Recommended Preparation

Course Coordinator

Anna Mitchell


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Quizzes on lecture content (x 4 @ 2% each) 8% Quizzes on lecture content (x 4 @ 2% each)
Lab attendance and work in Weeks 3, 4 & 5 12% Lab attendance and work in Weeks 3, 4 & 5 (3% each)
Ethics and welfare assignment 10% Ethics and welfare assignment; due end of Week 5
Research report linked to lab in Week 7 15% Research report linked to lab in Week 7; due end of Week 9
Mid-semester test 25% Mid semester test - 20 multichoice and two short answer questions - scheduled for end of Week 6
End of semester test 30% End of semester test - 20 multichoice and three short answer questions - scheduled for end of Week 12

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Carlson, N. R, & Birkett, M.A; Physiology of Behavior ; 12;

There are no required textbooks for this course. Assigned readings for lectures/labs will be provided online via LEARN. Introductory material can be found in the textbook, Carlson, N. R, & Birkett, M.A. Physiology of Behavior (12th edition) available online via UC (University of Canterbury) Library.
Beyond introductory chapters, a single textbook is not followed; lecture slides / handouts and/or extra material will cover the topics.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $978.00

International fee $4,988.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

All PSYC215 Occurrences

  • PSYC215-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024
  • PSYC215-24S2 (D) Semester Two 2024 (Distance)