Brain and Behaviour

PSY70011 12.5 Credit Points Online


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • Swinburne Online: Fully online

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

2023 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 1
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

13 Mar 23 - 11 Jun 23

4 Jul 23

Last self enrolment:
26 Mar 23

7 Apr 23

Last withdraw without fail:
28 Apr 23

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


Admission into Graduate Diploma of Psychology (GD-PSYS)

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)
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Explain the general methods of investigation employed in psychological research, and identify 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