PSY4170 - Neuroscience of cognition and behaviour - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Miss Leah Braganza


Ms Eloise Perini

Unit guides


Monash Online

  • Teaching Period 4 2019 (Online)


PSY4051, PSY4131.


Must be enrolled in either of the GDP course codes (M5013 or 4525).




This unit 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 cognitive control and social cognition, control of action, perception, sleep and pain. Technologies utilised by neuroscientists, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), electroencephalography (EEG), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), 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.


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

Workload requirements

Students should expect to spend a minimum of 20 hours per week on this unit to achieve the learning outcomes.

This time will cover:

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

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