PSYC 2703

Course No. and Title: PSYC 2703 Foundations of Biological Psychology
Credit Value: Three (3) credit hours

Benefits of the course

  • This course will introduce the area of Physiological Psychology.
  • Students will explore the biological basis of behavior and communication.
  • Students will lay the foundation for further study in Physiological Psychology.
Course Description:

An introduction to basic neurophysiology, neurochemistry and neuroanatomy for humans and other animals. The course will cover the methods used to discover the fundamental processes underlying neural function and provide basic knowledge for an understanding of how the nervous system is able to produce and control behaviour.


Introductory Psychology (6 ch) or permission of instructor.

Course Author:

Dr. C. Darren Piercey, Psychology Department, UNB, Fredericton.

Course Features:

For each chapter covered you will have access to the following:

  1. Objectives
  2. Video Clips
  3. Study Guides
  4. Net Searches
  5. Online Quizzes
Course Format: The course covers the following 11 chapters from the textbook.
  1. How Biopsychologists Think About Behavior
  2. Anatomy of the Brain
  3. Neural Activity and How To Study It
  4. The Visual System
  5. Mechanisms of Perception
  6. The Sensorimotor System
  7. Development of the Nervous System
  8. Brain Damage and Neuroplasticity
  9. Learning, Memory, and Amnesia
  10. Sleep, Dreaming, and Circadian Rhythms
  11. Behavioral Neuroscience of Psychiatric Disorders
Course Texts:

Basics of Biopsychology, John Pinel ISBN: 0205602398

Textbooks can be ordered from the UNB Fredericton Bookstore:

Assignments & Examinations:

Eleven quizzes (one quiz per chapter) worth a total of 40%, each quiz consists of 25 multiple-choice questions. Midterm Exam (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) consists of 75 mutiple choice questions. Final Online Exam (Chapters 7, 8, 9, 12, 13) consists of 75 multiple- choice questions.

Quizzes 40%
Mid-Term Exam 30%
Final Online Exam 30%
Total Marks 100%

All mid-term exams and final exams for online courses will be invigilated at an approved time and location. Please refer to the Online Exam Request Form to book.

Time Limit: 6 months from registration date. All course exams and/or assignments must be completed by the designated end date of your course.

Online courses are subject to an additional $100 non-refundable online fee per course. Fees are subject to change by the Board of Governors.
More information on fees for this course.

Methods of Payment:

Once you complete the Apply Now form below, please send payment. Methods of payment accepted:
Cash (Do not send in the mail. Please deliver to the College of Extended Learning, 2nd Level, Wu Centre, UNB Fredericton Campus)
Cheque or money order (Mail to UNB College of Extended Learning, PO Box 4400, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5A3)
MasterCard / VISA / American Express (Please call the College of Extended Learning at 1-866-599-4646  or 506 453-4646 with your credit card number, expiry date, and the name as it appears on the card. Please do not send credit card information via email).

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If you have previously registered in this online course and wish to register again, please contact us at 453-4646 to complete the registration process.