Brain and Behaviour

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


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

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

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

10 Jul 23 - 8 Oct 23

31 Oct 23

Last self enrolment:
23 Jul 23

4 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
25 Aug 23



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.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
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