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School of Psychology
PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
Course unit
BRAIN AND BEHAVIOUR (MOD. A)
PSP5070114, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BRAIN AND BEHAVIOUR (MOD. A)
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA

Lecturers
Teacher in charge SARA MONDINI M-PSI/02

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge
PSP5070113 BRAIN AND BEHAVIOUR (C.I.) SARA MONDINI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses M-PSI/02 Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Syllabus

Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: The knowledge of topics of Basic concepts of Psychology is extremely useful to follow the lessons
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of this course is to give notions on the biological bases of the principal cognitive processes such as memory, language and emotions.
The starting point is the functioning of the neuron and then of complex neurological structures as bases for the cognitive processes.
Examination methods: Written exam: 31 Multiple choice questions regarding both modules. The exam is carried out on the computer and it lasts 35 minutes. In every classes, examples of questions similar to the ones in the exam will be provided. At the end of the course a mock exam will be offered to allow a self evaluation of the student and to allow him/her to be more familiar with the procedure.
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluated on the acquisition of the topics included in the book chapters.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: The following topics will be treated during lectures:
1) What is behavioural neuroscience
2) Functional neuroanatomy and the evolution of the nervous system
3) Neurophysiology: The structure and the Functions of the Cells of nervous system
4) Psychofarmacology
5) Genetics and Development of the human brain
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lessons will be integrated with video, working in small groups and discussion of scientific papers.
Students’ active intervention will be appreciated and stimulated.
The two modules are complementary and closely integrated.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Laura Freberg
Discovering behavioural neuroscience, 4nd Edition
WADSWORTH, CENGAGE Learning
2017
chap. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Laura Freberg, Discovering Behavioural neuroscience 4edition. --: WARDSWORTH Cengage Learning, 2017.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Concept maps
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)