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- 1. Introduction to Learning
- 2. Classical Conditioning, Principles and Applications of Classical Conditioning
- 3. Research on Classical Conditioning; Introduction to Operant Conditioning
- 4. Schedules of Reinforcement; Applications of Reinforcement
- 5. Extinction; Punishment
- 6. Behavioural Neuroscience: Genetics
- 7. The Nervous Systems: Brain Cells
- 8. Neurophysiology; Neurochemistry; Communication by Receptors
- 9. Neurotransmitters; Neurotransmitter System Dysfunction
- 10. Substance Abuse; Addiction
- 11. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
MAQ-PSYX105-Introduction to Psychology II
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Topics covered in the first half of the subject provide a basic understanding of the basic principles underlying associative learning, including classical conditioning and operant conditioning, social learning as well as neural mechanisms of learning. The latter half of the unit includes the cytoarchitecture of central and peripheral neurons, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, neurotransmitters and methods in behavioural neuroscience.
- Weekly online quiz (self assessment 0%)
- Mid semester test (30%)
- Research report (1000 words) (30%)
- Invigilated examination (40%)