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Biopsychology and Learning

Undergraduate | MAQ-PSYX2236 | 2023

Previously MAQ-PSYX236

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Understand the cogs at work behind the learning brain. Cover classical and operant conditioning, social learning and neural mechanisms of learning. Go behind the scenes with studies in areas such as neurophysiology and neurotransmitters.

Study method
100% online
Subject may require attendance
Entry requirements
Part of a degree
18 weeks

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Biopsychology and Learning

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a general understanding of the principles and mechanisms of behavioural neuroscience, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology and learning.
    2. Use electronic databases to search for papers on relevant topics
    3. Demonstrate written and oral communication skills, including through participation in class discussions
    4. Develop self-awareness skills by identifying and setting targets, and applying time management
    5. Critically analyse the key concepts of biopsychology and learning
    6. Solve problems by comparing alternative interpretations of neuroscience data and formulating new explanations

Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • MAQ-PSY-DEG-2023 - Bachelor of Psychology

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-PSYX236 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units) PSY236, PSY236
Pre-requisite (PSYC104 or PSYU1104 or PSYX104 or PSYX1104) and (PSYC105 or PSYU1105 or PSYX105 or PSYX1105)
PSYX1101 and PSYX1102 and STAX1103
NCCW (2020 and onwards)
PSYU2236 Biopsychology and Learning

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -

    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Psychology

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