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Biology for Psychologists


Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

  • Semester 1: Thursday 12 pm - 2 pm

Contact: Dr Caroline Brennan
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

To provide psychology students with a scientific overview of biology, especially the central notions of variation in whole organism biology, as relevant to behaviour. This supports the distinctiveness of QMUL psychology as a natural and experimental science and introduces students to the growing notion of psychology as a branch of the biological sciences (e.g., that behaviour is the end product of whole organism biology). It will also introduce students to the integrative scientific thinking skills required to study subsequent psychological topics (e.g., how the study of micro-organisms and plants has contributed to our understanding of gene-environment interactions which are now routinely studied in behaviour genetics). Students will be introduced to empirical findings and will critically evaluate the range of methods in the field. Topics covered include basic genetics, origins and diversity of life, phylogeny, development, eukaryotes, prokaryotes and plants, microbiology, invertebrates and vertebrates, biodiversity, body size and life history strategies.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 75.0% Examination, 25.0% Coursework
Level: 4

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