Unit code: APP3019 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
APP2013 - Psychology 2A
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


The aim of this unit is to extend student knowledge and understanding of key psychobiological theories and research. It also explores the psychobiological bases of behaviour. Topics covered in this unit of study include: anatomy of the brain and nervous system; neural transmission; psychobiological research methods; psychobiology of ingestive behaviour and the brain-gut axis; neuro-endocrine systems (hormones);homeostasis, somatisation and pain; drug addiction and reward circuits in the brain; psychobiology of emotions, stress and mental illness.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Appraise and challenge the relationship between biological systems and behaviour;
  2. Articulate understanding of key psychobiological concepts and theories;
  3. Apply knowledge of the anatomy of the brain and nervous system to biological processes and disorders; and
  4. Critically evaluate a specific issue or topic related to psychobiology.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
Online multiple-choice, in class (1 hour)
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 50%
Critical debate and Annotated bibliography
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 30%
Identify and critically evaluate an issue or theory in psychobiology (1500 words)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
Multiple-choice test (1 hour)

Required reading

As part of a course

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