Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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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 Psychological Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Evaluate the impact of scientific research upon professional practice in psychology.
  2. Describe, apply and evaluate the different research methods used by psychologists.
  3. Use an appropriate statistical package for analysing research data, such as the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).
  4. Have the capability to pursue research-related postgraduate studies in behavioural neuroscience.


Assessment (MCQ) (10%)
Exam (3 hours) (50%)
Journal (2,000 words) (40%)

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


BNS4100 and must be enrolled in course 3514.