Brain and Behaviour

PSY10007 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent
    This unit will be delivered on-line in Semester 2 2020

Contact hours

  • Hawthorn On-campus: 36 hours face-to-face Hawthorn Online/OUA: 13 hours Swinburne Online: 12 hours

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2 HOL Study Period 3

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20

31 Aug 20 - 29 Nov 20

22 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
13 Sep 20

21 Sep 20

More teaching periods
HOL Study Period 4

30 Nov 20 - 28 Feb 21

30 Mar 21

Last self enrolment:
13 Dec 20

21 Dec 20

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces students to the structure and function of the brain and how it interacts with the external world to generate thoughts, emotions and behaviour. Applications in health and mental illness are also introduced as well as ethical practice in psychological research.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Explain the general methods of investigation employed in psychological research, and show an appreciation of the main issues in research    ethics;
2. Explain key concepts from major content areas in psychology. These include: biological underpinnings of psychology; sensory processes,    perception, and consciousness; motivation, emotion, health, and abnormal psychology;
3. Locate, organise and integrate information from various sources concerning topics and problems relating to psychology;
4. Communicate in a logical and clear manner the results of investigating a topic or problems relating to psychology;
5. Apply psychological theories, methods, and data to explain everyday experiences and behaviours.