An introductory study of the biological bases of behaviour and development, neuropsychology, perception, and learning.
Psychology provides answers to questions like 'Why do we do the things that we do?' or 'Why do we think about the world this way?'
PSYC 111 and PSYC 112 are essential for students intending to pursue a career in psychology, and they also complement studies in wide range of areas (e.g. neuroscience, health sciences, education, law, social work, sociology, anthropology, management, marketing, history).
|Paper title||Brain and Behaviour|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,080.30|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,858.95|
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
- All enrolled students are eligible for PSYC 111.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Psychology's website
- Teaching staff
Coordinators: Dr Brent Alsop, Associate Professor Jackie Hunter, Dr Ryan Ward
Lecturers: Professor David Bilkey, Professor Mike Colombo, Dr Brent Alsop and Professor Ted Ruffman
Teaching Fellow: Dr Celia Lie
- Paper Structure
- The paper covers four main themes:
- Biological basis of behaviour and development
- In-class worksheets and experimental participation 7%
- Two laboratory reports 10% and 13%
- Test 10%
- Final examination 60%
- Teaching Arrangements
Three 50-minute lectures each week - 36 lectures in total.
A 2-hour laboratory each week for 10 weeks.
- Passer, M.W., & Smith, R.E. (2015). Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour (2nd Australian Edition). McGraw-Hill Education (Australia) Pty Ltd.
- Laboratory Manual for Psychology 111/112 (supplied by department)
- Findlay, B. (2012). How to write psychology research reports and essays (6th ed.). French Forest, NSW: Pearson Australia
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will demonstrate understanding of the basic biological processes that underpin our behaviour and understanding of how scientific methods and research contribute to the study of psychology.
STAT 110 Statistical Methods or STAT 115 Introduction to Biostatistics are prerequisites for PSYC 310 and PSYC 311. Because PSYC 311 is a prerequisite for Psychology 400, students planning to enrol for postgraduate study must complete either STAT 110 or STAT 115 or an equivalent paper. Those who have already passed, or are contemplating, other papers in Statistics or Mathematics of an equivalent standard to STAT 110 or STAT 115 are advised to consult the Psychology 300 Coordinator.