Syllabus - SYLLABUS PSY308 Biopsychology Spring 2010...

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Unformatted text preview: SYLLABUS PSY308 Biopsychology Spring 2010 Unique: 43790 Time: MWF 10-11 AM Location: NOA 1.126 Instructor: Hongjoo Joanne Lee, Ph.D. Email: leehj@psy.utexas.edu Phone: 232-8055 Office: SEA 4.222 Office Hours: Wed 2-3, Fri 11-12, or by appointment Teaching Assistant: Megan Thompson Email: megant124@gmail.com Phone: 232-8055 Office: SEA 4.222 Office Hours: Mon and Wed 11-12, or by appointment Content This course is an introduction to the biological basis of psychological processes and behavior. We will first cover the basic foundations of the nervous system, such as anatomy and physiology. Then, we will study how the nervous system underlies our perception, motor skills, basic needs such as eating and sleeping, emotions, memory and many basic behaviors involved in daily life. We will also talk about various brain disorders. This course also covers other basic concepts, findings and research in the field of Biopsychology. Textbook Biological Psychology by James Kalat Grading Policy The course grade will be based on four examinations, each covering about one-fourth of the course material and a cumulative final examination. The exams will include material from lectures, readings, and points brought up in discussion during class. Each test will consist of multiple choice and short answers. The best 4 out of 5 grades will be used in calculating the course grade, in which each exam grade will count 25% towards to the final course grade. Thus, you have the option of not taking one of the four tests during the semester or the final test. There are no make-up tests unless you have a written doctor’s or coach’s note. Letter grade cutoffs are as following: 93-100 = 90-92.9 = 87-89.9 = 83-86.9 = 80-82.9 = 77-79.9 = 73-76.9 = 70-72.9 = 67-69.9 = 63-66.9 = 60-62.9 = < 60 = A AB+ B BC+ C CD+ D DF Prerequisites PSY301 with a C or better Special Needs The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. To determine if you qualify, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-4641 TTY. If they certify your needs, I will work with you to make appropriate arrangements. University policy Please read the policy listed in your Blackboard. My assumption A. I use Blackboard to distribute course materials, to communicate, and to post grades. In particular, I will post the PowerPoint lecture material 24 hours prior to each lecture. It is expected that you bring it to the class to take notes. If you are not familiar with the use of Blackboard, please go to the HELP desk located in the Flawn Academic Center. B. Use of E-mail is the University’s official correspondence. Thus, you are encouraged to check your e-mail at least twice a week. I will periodically communicate with you via email. C. I will not take attendance, but you are responsible for the materials that we talk about in the class. D. Use of a laptop is permitted as long as it is not disruptive to the class. However, I hold the right to regulate the use of laptops at anytime during the lecture. Course outline The following schedule is only approximate, and subject to change during the semester. Date Topic Readings Unit 1: Foundations Jan 20, 22 Jan 25, 27, 29 Feb 1, 3, 5 Feb 8, 10 Introduction to Biopsychology The anatomy of the nervous system Neural physiology Drug actions on the nervous system Chapter 1 Chapter 4 Chapters 2,3 Chapter 3 Feb 12 Feb 15, 17, 19 Feb 22, 24, 26 Mar 1, 3, 5 TEST 1 Unit 2: Sensory and Motor Systems Visual system Auditory, chemical, & somatosensory systems Motor system Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Mar 8 Mar 10, 12 Mar 22, 24, 26 Mar 29, 31 Apr 2 April 5, 7, 9 TEST 2 Unit 3: Innate Behaviors and Cognition Ingestive behavior Reproductive behavior Sleep and dreaming Learning and memory Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 9 Chapter 13 Apr 12 Apr 14, 16, 19 Apr 21, 23 Apr 26, 28 Apr 30, May 3, 5 TEST 3 Unit 4: Plasticity and Disorders Neural plasticity and brain damage Cognitive functions Stress and emotion Mental disorders Chapter 5 Chapter 14 Chapter 12 Chapter 15 May 7 TEST 4 FINAL EXAM ...
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