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PSYC525 - Physiological Psychology

Course Details

Course Code: PSYC525 Course ID: 4043 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This advanced level course focuses on the physiological processes underlying normal and pathological behavior. Neurological features of disorders such as schizophrenia and depression are examined.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Students successfully completing this course will:
1. Examine seminal and contemporary models of the biological basis for behavior
2. Evaluate methods used to study the biological basis of behavior
3. Investigate ethical issues related to the study of biological bases for behavior
4. Examine structures and functions of the brain and nervous system
5. Articulate models of genetics and their role in behavior
6. Examine the role of the brain and nervous system in physical and mental health and disease
7. Demonstrate ability to gather, review, synthesize and critically evaluate scholarly publications in the field and communicate related knowledge in correct APA style and with writing skills commensurate with graduate level

General Assignment Expectations:

It is expected that graduate students will exhibit advanced level critical thinking; the ability to synthesize multiple sources of information, writing skills and academic integrity in all course activities. With the exception of forum posts, assignment submissions completed in a narrative essay or composition format may not be written in first or second person (“I” or “you”). All submitted paper assignments must follow the citation and reference style established by APA the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (2009, Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association), in size 12 Times New Roman font, double-spaced with 1” margins on all sides of the page and include a cover page with the following centered vertically and horizontally: Student Name, Date of Submission, Assignment Title, Course Name and Professor Name. With the rare exception of briefly quoting specific statistical research findings, in which case the publication’s author and year date of publication must be properly cited with quoted material placed inside quotation marks, all paper content MUST be paraphrased (summarized in the student’s own words) with correct source citations properly formatted in APA style. ANY copying of any kind and/or failure to include source citations in the paper body and in the assignment’s attached “References” page will result in an assignment score of zero with any repeat instances causing a failing course grade. The website http://owlenglish.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ is an excellent, easy to understand resource for APA style formatting and source citation.

Unless otherwise instructed, students may not use commercial websites as the basis for completion of any assignments. Encyclopedia websites, such as Wikipedia or Encarta, dictionaries, blogs or opinion slanted news media outlets, and commercial Internet sources such as Web MD or About.com may not be used for any writing assignment. Scholarly, peer-reviewed journals from the APUS Online Library must be used for assignment completion.

COURSE ASSIGNMENTS

Forums: Due Weeks 1 through 8
Scholarly dialogs with classmates will be based on engagement with assigned course readings and/or related multi-media and will take place in the online classroom on designated Forums. General posting and topical instructions for each dialog are posted on its respective forum. No references are required for the discussion forums. Reply posts are required in order to ensure Forum interaction. Initial posting minimum word count is 400 words and each of the three replies minimum word count requirement is 250 words. The initial posting is due on Wednesday and the replies are due on Sunday.

Midterm and Final Exams: Due Weeks 4 and 8
Non-cumulative midterm and final exams are required. These short essay questions exams are accessible in the classroom via clicking the Assignments link during their scheduled weeks.

Eating Disorders and Treatment Paper: Due Week 2
Students will conduct a search of published literature covering the biological and neurological causes of a selected eating disorder. Additional research discussing the biological treatments must also be included. This paper should contain a minimum of six empirical research studies on the causes and treatments of the disorder. This assignment should be 5 to 6 pages in length excluding the title page, abstract, and reference section and must be complete in APA format (6th ed.).

Treatment of Basal Ganglia Disorders Paper: Due Week 6

Students will conduct a search of published literature covering the biological and neurological causes of a selected disorder of the Basal Ganglia. Additional research discussing the biological treatments must also be included. This paper should contain a minimum of six empirical research studies on the causes and treatments of the disorder. This assignment should be 5 to 6 pages in length excluding the title page, abstract, and reference section and must be complete in APA format (6th ed.).

NameGrade %
Forum Discussions 32.00 %
Week 1 Forum 4.00 %
Week 2 Forum 4.00 %
Week 3 Forum 4.00 %
Week 4 Forum 4.00 %
Week 5 Forum 4.00 %
Week 6 Forum 4.00 %
Week 7 Forum 4.00 %
Week 8 Forum 4.00 %
Week 2 Paper 17.00 %
Week 2 Paper Eating Disorders and Treatments 17.00 %
Week 6 Paper 17.00 %
Week 6 Paper Treatment of Basal Ganglia Disorders 17.00 %
Exams 34.00 %
Week 4 Midterm 17.00 %
Week 8 Final Exam 17.00 %

This course utilizes a variety of Open Education Resources, which can be found in the Required Readings section of the Lessons area of your course.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.