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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory Practice
Module Code PSYC405
School 37
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: David McGovern
Semester 2: David McGovern
Autumn: David McGovern
Module TeachersDavid McGovern
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module aims to familiarise students with some of the key methodological techniques in behavioural and cognitive neuroscience. The module will cover a range of different methods, applied in both human and animal participants, including brain imaging techniques, psychophysical techniques, computational modelling and single-unit recordings.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and explain the basic principles and methods in biopsychological and neuroscience research.
2. Describe experimental designs used in biopsychological and neuroscience research.
3. Identify and explain ethical issues in experimental designs used in biopsychological and neuroscience research.
4. Describe specific laboratory methods in detail.
5. Proceed into conducting research in a laboratory setting.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Assignment Completion36Written coursework and reports
Independent Study65No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

• Main research principles in biopsychology/behavioural neuroscience

• Description of commonly used experimental procedures in behavioural neuroscience/cognitive neuroscience research

• Ethical Issues of the experimental design in behavioural neuroscience/cognitive neuroscience

• Main laboratory procedures/techniques in behavioural and cognitive Neuroscience

• General laboratory procedures in physiology of behaviour:

• Laboratory practicals using different behavioural neuroscience procedures

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Report(s)Written report after lab tutorials40%n/a
In Class Testn/a60%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Jamie Ward: 2015, The Student's Guide to Cognitive Neuroscience, 3rd, Psychology Press, 978-18487227
  • Michael Gazzaniga, Richard Ivry, George Mangun: 0, Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind, 4th, W. W. Norton & Company, 978-039391203
  • Mark Bear, Barry Connors, Mike Paradiso: 2015, Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain, 4th, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 978-145110954
  • Carlson, N.E.: 2014, Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience, 8th, Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 978-0-205-94614-3
  • Matt Carter & Jennifer Shieh: 0, Guide to Research Techniques in Neuroscience, Academic Press, San Diego, CA, 978-0-12-374849-2
  • Michael Herzog, Gregory Francis, Aaron Clarke: 2019, Understanding Statistics and Experimental Design: How to Not Lie with Statistics (Learning Materials in Biosciences), Springer, 978-303003498
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BPYBSc (Honours) in Psychology

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