Biopsychology B (Effects of Brain Damage & Drugs) Online Course

Biopsychology B Online Course Sale!
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Broaden your understanding of physiological (including genetic) influences on brain process, (such as memory), and human behaviour.  A stand alone course that complements Biopsychology A, however a wider perspective is acquired by studying the same course.

Course Aims:

  • Understand how evolution, genetics and experience influence behaviour and individual differences.
  • Discuss methods of research used to understand the functioning of the nervous system and behaviour.
  • Explain different causes of brain damage and the resultant effects on brain functioning.
  • Understand neuro-plasticity from the perspective of development, learning and recovery from brain damage.
  • Delineate the effects of drugs on the CNS and to explain biopsychological theories of addiction and reward systems in the brain.
  • Describe memory structures in the brain, theories of memory storage and evidence from different types of amnesia.
  • Describe different models of language localisation and to evaluate evidence for these models.


Detailed Course Outline


This course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.

There are 7 lessons in this course:

Evolution, Genetics and Experience

  • What is biopsychology
  • The organism’s genetic endowment, experience and perception.
  • Adaptation
  • Behavioural genetics
  • The nature nurture debate
  • The human genome
  • Benefits of genetic research
  • Critical policy and ethical issues

Research Methods in Biopsychology

  • Behavioural genetics
  • Methods of investigating the brain: insvasive and non invasive
  • Localisation of function
  • Neuroanatomical techniques
  • Psychophysiological measures
  • Other methods
  • Lesions

Brain Damage

  • Causes of brain damage
  • Frontal lobe damage
  • Damage to other areas and effects
  • Types of brain damage
  • Case study : Phineas Gage
  • Case study: diagnosing epilepsy
  • Case study -Alzeimer’s disease

Recovery from Brain Damage

  • Neuro plasticity
  • Stages of recovery: unresponsiveness, early responses, agitated and confused, higher level responses,
  • Case study: Parkinson’s disease
  • Parkinsons disease symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, stages, etc
  • Drug treatments for parlinson’s disease
  • Complimentary and supportive therapies for Parkinson’s disease
  • Coping with Parkinson’s disease
  • Terminology

Drug Dependence and the Brain

  • Drugs
  • Definitions
  • Effects of illegal drugs
  • Other drugs: steroids, barbituates, etc
  • Physiological and psychological effects of drugs: illicits, stimulants
  • Addiction: how drugs work in the brain
  • Central nervous system


  • Models of memory: multistore model, eorking memory model, levels of processing model
  • Levels of processing model
  • Amnesia and types of amnesia
  • Case study: traumatic amnesia
  • Case study: Korsakoff’s syndrome (Alcohol amnesic syndrome)


  • The brain and language
  • Paul Broca
  • Carl Wernicke
  • Aphasia and Diphasia
  • Apraxia

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

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    Course Tutor

    Dr Nicholas Harris B. Psychology (Hons I), PhD

    Nicholas is a social psychologist; he studies and teaches on topics involving group-level and individual-level behavior, as well as examining the effect of the situation.  Nicholas has been involved in writing textbooks and research papers in psychology. Nicholas’ teaching experience is vast; he has taught social psychology, indigenous and intercultural psychology, statistics, research methods, psychological measurement and assessment, personality, organizational psychology, counselling skills, and ethics. Nicholas has also completed a number of short courses on counselling and suicide prevention, and has volunteered for a number of years with Lifeline. Nicholas has supervised a number of honours and master’s research theses.

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    Do you have set start dates?

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