PSY208 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).


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY208. 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

Not available to students who have completed PSY205 Biological Bases of Behaviours or PSY208 Behavioural Neuroscience 1

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 (eg eating, reproductive behaviour) - Emotion - Cortical integration and language

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSY208 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Online test 1
Online test 2
Research report
Final exam  take home test
Final exam - online multiple choice exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.