sap course 1497451860

Course Code & Number:

PSY 312

Course Title:


Level of Course:



(2+0+2) 3 TEDU Credits, 6 ECTS Credits

Catalog Description:

Scope of biopsychology. Gross anatomy of the nervous system. Anatomy and physiology of neurons. Glial cells. Nervous system development. Neurobiological mechanisms of behavioral, cognitive, and emotional functions. Neurobiology of psychiatric disorders.

Pre-requisites & Co-requisites:

Pre-requisites: PSY 104 OR PSY 102
Co-requisites: NONE
Mode of Delivery: 
Language of Instruction: 
Course Type: 
Required Reading: 
Physiology of Behavior, 12th Edition, Neil R. Carlson & Melissa A. Birkett, Pearson. 2017
Course Objective: 

...compulsory for engineering, optional for others...

Extended Description: 

 In the end of this course, the student will be able to dissect relationship between biological mechanisms and psychological processes by gaining a detailed understanding of the physiology and anatomy of the nervous system at different levels from individual neurons to circuit elements.

Design Content: 

if relevant for the course

Computer Usage: 
if relevant for the course
Learning Outcomes: 

The student;
1 Will internalize the intersection points between biological mechanisms and psychological processes
1.1 Will be able to analyze the biological underpinnings of behavior
1.2 Will be able to tell apart neurobiological mechanisms affected by everyday experiences
2 Will know the basic building blocks of the nervous system
2.1 Will acquire basic knowledge about the physiology and anatomy of nerve cells
2.2 Will understand the elementary aspects of neural communication
2.3 Will define basic "centers" in the nervous system
3 Will know the basic mechanisms of sensation
3.1 Will define the neural underpinnings of vision, hearing, olfaction, taste, and tactile sensation
3.2 Will be able to analyze the relationship between different sensory modalities
4 Will develop familiarity with motor mechanisms
4.1 Will be able to define how certain muscle groups are controlled by the brain
4.2 Will be able to analyze the relationship between sensation and motor actions
5 Will familiarize with the biological mechanisms of motivation
5.1 Will be able to define the current body of knowledge regarding the biological mechanisms of thirst, hunger, sleep, and sexuality.
6 Will recognize the neurobiological mechanisms of complex functions
6.1 Will be able to follow current knowledge on the neurobiological mechanisms of language and learning
6.2 Will be able to form links between neurobiology and psychopathology

Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods: 
Oral Presentation
Assessment Methods and Criteria: 
Test / Exam
Presentation (Oral/Poster)

Student Workload:

Prepared By:

Revised By:

Tuba Dumrul