Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Psychological Sciences
OfferedMonash Online Teaching Period 4 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Matthew Mundy


The Neuroscience of Cognition and Behaviour focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms responsible for human cognition and behaviour, with a particular focus on understanding leading methodology and technologies employed in brain-behaviour relationships. By exploring brain-behaviour interactions through an in-depth examination of a selection of cognitive abilities and behaviours, this unit will guide students to establish an understanding of the mechanisms behind memory processes, sleep, perception and other fundamental human behaviours. Technologies utilized by neuroscientists, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalography, and eye tracking will be considered during the course of this unit.


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

  1. Evaluate issues underpinning the relationship between brain processes and cognition and behaviour
  2. Synthesise contemporary research and theoretical issues in key areas of neuroscience
  3. Critically analyse the range of research tools and paradigms used within different domains of neuroscientific research, including the characterisation of neurological disease
  4. Demonstrate skills relating to research design and analysis of neuroscientific technologies that are incorporated across the graduate psychology program.


6 x Secure online quizzes (30 minutes each) (5% each) (30%)
Video presentation (10 minutes) (20%)
Poster (1,000 words) (20%)
Experiment design (1,000 words) (30%)

Workload requirements

Students should expect to spend an average of 15-20 hours per week on this unit. This time will cover:

  1. video lecture materials (1 hour);
  2. synchronous & asynchronous discussion (1-2 hours);
  3. synchronous web-based 'class-time' for skills-based activities (2 hours);
  4. weekly readings (4-5 hours);
  5. weekly skills-based assessment tasks (4-6 hours); and
  6. content-based assessment (4-5 hours, including revision and formative assessment).

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Must be enrolled in course 4525.