Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology
- Section 8WK
- 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
- Modified 01/31/2020
This course is designed to investigate the most recent findings in the area of physiological psychology. Topics of study will concern basic information about the nervous system, sensory systems, physiological bases of behaviors and the development of learning and memory.
(PSYC 200 or PSYC 210 or PSYC 101 or GEED 201) and PSYC 255
This course is intended to introduce the student to the scientific discipline of psychophysiology, the study of the brain, physiological processes, psychopharmacology, and behavior.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Apply fundamental research skills per current APA style and formatting.
- Apply the ethical principles that guide research in the area of neuropsychology.
- Explain the physiological dynamics influencing the major mental health disorders.
- Describe the research techniques most often used in neuropsychological research.
- Identify the parts of the central nervous system and their functioning.
- Explain the neuron and its purpose within the nervous system.
- Compare the biblical view of the creation of man to the evolutionary view.
- Discuss how the sensory and motor neurons work together to facilitate functionality for the human being.
- Identify the major parts of the brain and their purposes.
The resource below is provided in the course at no cost to the student. However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the resource, he or she may purchase it through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of physical copies is optional.
Kalat, J. W. (2019). Biological Psychology (13th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage. ISBN: 9780357096345.
Disclaimer: The above resource provides information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in this resource.
Additional Materials for Learning
- Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
- Internet access (broadband recommended)
- Blackboard recommended browsers
- Microsoft Word (Microsoft Office is available at a special discount to Liberty University students.)
Textbook readings and lecture presentations/websites
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.
Discussion Board Forums (4)
There will be 4 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The purpose of the Discussion Board Forums is to generate interaction among students in regard to relevant and current course topics. The student is required to submit 1 thread of at least 250 words, and then to submit replies of at least 100 words each to the threads of 2 classmates. For each thread, the student must support his or her assertions with at least 2 citations in current APA format.
The Research Paper is the capstone assignment for this course and is to be a written representative of the research conducted on the psychophysiological aspects of an issue chosen from the textbook. Using the services of Liberty University's Online Library, the student will select and read at least 5 recent journal articles on the chosen issue. The student will then summarize his or her findings in an 8–10-page paper, written in current APA style, and submitted through SafeAssign. This assignment will be submitted in 2 parts: the Title Page, Abstract, and References, and the completed Research Paper.
The student will complete 4 exams throughout this course. Each exam is open-book/open-notes, has 40 multiple-choice questions, and has the time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes. The student may take each exam up to 3 times, and only the highest grade of the 3 attempts will be recorded.
Course Requirements Checklist
Discussion Board Forums (4 at 50 pts ea)
Title Page, Abstract, References
Exams (4 at 125 pts ea)
Late Assignment Policy
Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.
If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.
Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:
- Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
- Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
- Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
- Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
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Textbook: Kalat, J. W. (2019). Biological Psychology (13th ed.).
Reading & Study
Kalat: Chs. 1–2
Course Requirements Checklist
DB Forum 1
Kalat: Ch. 3
Kalat: Chs. 5-6
DB Forum 2
Research Paper: Title Page, Abstract, and References
Kalat: Chs. 8–9
Kalat: Ch. 11
DB Forum 3
Kalat: Ch. 12
Kalat: Ch. 13
DB Forum 4
Kalat: Ch. 14
DB = Discussion Board
NOTE: Each course week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.