COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


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Course Name
Biophysiological Basis of Human Behavior
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSY 106
Spring
3
0
3
6
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives To provide knowledge about the basic structures, functions, and processes of neurons in the central nervous system (CNS), and to some extent, the peripheral nervous system (PNS).To teach the parts of the brain related to a variety of behaviors, as well as the interrelationships of various parts of the brain in the regulation of behavior of humans and nonhumans.To outline the roles of neurotransmitters and hormones in the regulation of behavior, and how various drugs can affect the actions of these forms of chemical communication within the body.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Describe the nature of physiological psychology and the goals of research.
  • Describe the biological roots of physiological psychology.
  • Discuss the evolution of the human species and a large brain.
  • Describe the role of neural communication in a simple reflex and its inhibition by brain mechanisms.
  • Outline the development of the central nervous system and the evolution of the human brain.
  • Describe the two major structures of the midbrain, the two major structures of the hindbrain, and the spinal cord.
  • Describe the effects of drugs on neurotransmitters and presynaptic and postsynaptic receptors.
  • Discuss the research methods in psychophysiology.
Course Content Biological bases of behavior. Structure and functioning of the nervous system and the brain. Effects of drugs on consciousness and behavior.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction to Nervous System Carlson, N.R. (2010). Physiology of behavior (10.ed., Pearson international ed.). Boston, Mass.: Allyn & Bacon
2 Neurons Carlson, N.R. (2010). Physiology of behavior (10.ed., Pearson international ed.). Boston, Mass.: Allyn & Bacon
3 Neurotransmitters Carlson, N.R. (2010). Physiology of behavior (10.ed., Pearson international ed.). Boston, Mass.: Allyn & Bacon
4 Neuroanatomy Carlson, N.R. (2010). Physiology of behavior (10.ed., Pearson international ed.). Boston, Mass.: Allyn & Bacon
5 Neuroanatomy Carlson, N.R. (2010). Physiology of behavior (10.ed., Pearson international ed.). Boston, Mass.: Allyn & Bacon
6 Midterm I
7 Functional Neuoroanatomy Carlson, N.R. (2010). Physiology of behavior (10.ed., Pearson international ed.). Boston, Mass.: Allyn & Bacon
8 Evolution of The Brain Carlson, N.R. (2010). Physiology of behavior (10.ed., Pearson international ed.). Boston, Mass.: Allyn & Bacon
9 Psychopharmacology Carlson, N.R. (2010). Physiology of behavior (10.ed., Pearson international ed.). Boston, Mass.: Allyn & Bacon
10 Emotions Carlson, N.R. (2010). Physiology of behavior (10.ed., Pearson international ed.). Boston, Mass.: Allyn & Bacon
11 Midterm II
12 Stress Carlson, N.R. (2010). Physiology of behavior (10.ed., Pearson international ed.). Boston, Mass.: Allyn & Bacon
13 Biological foundations of Psychopathology Carlson, N.R. (2010). Physiology of behavior (10.ed., Pearson international ed.). Boston, Mass.: Allyn & Bacon
14 Neuropathology Carlson, N.R. (2010). Physiology of behavior (10.ed., Pearson international ed.). Boston, Mass.: Allyn & Bacon
15 Biological Rhytms Carlson, N.R. (2010). Physiology of behavior (10.ed., Pearson international ed.). Boston, Mass.: Allyn & Bacon
16 Final
Course Textbooks Book chapters outlined above, recent articles holding current scientific enquiries in evolutionary psychology, and .ppt presentations.
References MyPsychLabBeyin Anatomi Atlası

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
25
Project
1
15
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
25
Final / Oral Exam
1
25
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
4
70
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
30
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
2
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
Project
1
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
25
Final / Oral Exam
1
35
    Total
140

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to assess psychological concepts and perspectives, interpret and evaluate data using scientific methods X
2 To be able to develop a curiosity and interest towards the mind and its phenomena, to possess a sense of critical and scientific reflexion and ability to analyze new information. X
3 Ability to make use of theoretical and applied knowledge in local and global levels. X
4 To have a basic knowledge of other disciplines that can contribute to psychology and to be able to make use of this knowledge X
5 To possess and value societal, scientific and ethical principles in collecting, interpreting and publishing psychological data X
6 To have knowledge of how psychology is positioned as a scientific discipline from a historical perspective, and to know with what methods it views behavioural and mental processes X
7 To be able to distinguish between the emphases of fundamental theories and perspectives of psychology (behavioural, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, social, developmental, humanistic, psychodynamic and sociocultural) and compare and express their differences and similarities, contributions and limitations X
8 The competence to share psychological knowledge based and qualitative and quantitative data with experts and lay people, using effective communication skills X
9 To have the awareness of interpersonal and societal problems and phenomena and adopt this awareness in psychological problems and researches. X
10 Competence to make use of applied and theoretical psychological knowledge to make contributions to industrial development and provide solutions to problems X
11 To possess essential knowledge of techniques and instrumentation for psychological measurement and evaluation X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest