Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Psychology and Psychiatry
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Katrina Simpson


The aim of the Honours year in behavioural neuroscience is to increase students' understanding of theoretical and methodological aspects of research, develop their analytic, research and communication skills, as well as provide students with advanced knowledge in specific areas of the discipline including laboratory techniques and other research-related skills. In this unit students will complete the Research Design and Analysis coursework component. It involves attending a lecture series and associated workshops that are designed to expand the students' knowledge of univariate and multivariate statistical procedures used by neuroscientists and psychologists in research.


On completion of BNS4200 Behavioural Neuroscience Honours Research Design and Analysis unit, students will:

  1. understand the processes involved in the design, development and implementation of research project,

  1. be proficient in the use of advanced univariate and multivariate statistical procedures relevant to behavioural neuroscience research,

  1. be proficient in the use of the SPSS software package for statistical analysis and data-base storage and manipulation

  1. have the capability to pursue research-related postgraduate studies in behavioural neuroscience.


1 x 2 hr end of semester MCQ and short answer examination (open book, 70%)
2 (out of 6) practical assessment tasks (1,500 words; 15% each)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

2 hours per week of lectures and 1 hour per week of tutorials and SPSSX training per fortnight.



Must be enrolled in the Honours degree of Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience

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