PSY458 Biopsychology (8)

The aim of Biopsychology is to introduce students to paradigms for the explanation and study of behaviour that are characterised by a focus on the functioning of the nervous system. This subject will introduce students to basic principles of neuroscience, including neuron structure and function, neurotransmission, and functional neuroanatomy. These will be examined within the broader framework of the structures of behaviour (innate and acquired), as well as functional systems (eg. sensation, perception, motor control and memory).

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY458. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Psychology

Enrolment Restrictions

Students may not complete PSY458 and PSY208 in the same award.

Assumed Knowledge

PSY101 and PSY102 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of current explanations of behaviours from a biological perspective
  • be able to demonstrate ability to draw and describe the structure and function of neurons within the central nervous system (CNS)
  • be able to demonstrate ability to describe the major components of the CNS involved in sensation, perception and movement and how they interact
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the structures and pathways involved in higher level functions such as motivation, emotion, learning and memory and language
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the consequences of brain damage resulting from psychopathological disorders and other trauma on the functioning of the CNS and on behaviour
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of methods of research in neuroanatomy


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Genetics and Inheritance, and Mind-brain problem
  • Neurons and action potential
  • The synapse and neurotransmitters
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Vision and sensation
  • Movement
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Motivated behaviour (e.g., eating, reproductive behaviour)
  • Emotion
  • Cortical integration and language


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.