SRJC Course Outlines

7/24/2024 11:45:35 PMPSYC 10L Course Outline as of Summer 2025

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  PSYC 10LTitle:  BIO PSYCH LAB  
Full Title:  Biological Psychology Lab
Last Reviewed:5/8/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled0
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled3.006 min.Lab Scheduled52.50
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  0.00Total Student Learning Hours: 52.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  PSYCH 10L

Catalog Description:
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In this course, the students will study the nervous system and its connections to behavior. Specific biopsychological topics include organization of the brain, anatomy and physiology of the neuron, sensorimotor systems, and states of consciousness. Students will explore the topics by applying the scientific method and practicing laboratory procedures such as sheep brain dissection and interactive computer simulations.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Course Completion or Current Enrollment in PSYC 10 ( or PSYCH 10)


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
In this course, the students will study the nervous system and its connections to behavior. Specific biopsychological topics include organization of the brain, anatomy and physiology of the neuron, sensorimotor systems, and states of consciousness. Students will explore the topics by applying the scientific method and practicing laboratory procedures such as sheep brain dissection and interactive computer simulations.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion or Current Enrollment in PSYC 10 ( or PSYCH 10)
Recommended:
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2024Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2024Inactive:
 
C-ID:
 CID Descriptor: PSY 150 Introduction to Biological Psychology SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PSYC10 OR PSYC10 AND PSYC10L

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Apply laboratory procedures utilized in biopsychological research.
2. Explain the relationship between anatomy, physiology, and organization of the nervous system.
 

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Describe the various research methods commonly utilized in biopsychological research to study brain-behavior relationships.
2. Apply laboratory techniques to observing and experimenting with biopsychological phenomena.
3. Describe the anatomy, physiology, and organization of the nervous system.
4. Examine the electrophysiology of neurons and nerve conduction.
5. Compare and contrast the human nervous system with that of other animals.
6. Analyze the basic processes of sensation and perception for the main sensory systems.
7. Compare and contrast the pattern of neural activity during different stages of wakefulness.
8. Describe synaptogenesis and the brain's ability to recover from injury.
9. Analyze the biology of learning, memory, emotions, and psychological suffering.
10.Describe the role of lateralization in language development.

Topics and Scope
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I. Research methods in biological psychology 
    A. Brain lesions
    B. Recording and stimulating neural activity 
    C. Neuroimaging            
    D. Neurochemical methods 
II. Biopsychology laboratory techniques 
    A. Microscopy or virtual microscopy 
    B. Tissue preservation 
    C. Dissection 
    D. Anatomical planes and directions 
    E. Electrical stimulation and recording 
    F. DNA extraction and genotyping 
III. The anatomy of the nervous system 
    A. Reflexes lab
    B. Drawing the nervous system
    C. Sheep brain dissection
IV. Communication within a neuron 
    A. Measuring electrical potentials 
    B. Neuron drawings
    C. Neurons in action lab 
V. Communication between neurons 
    A. Neuron modeling lab
    B. Neurons in action 
    C. Virtual leech lab 
VI. Evolution and comparative neuroanatomy 
    A. Reptiles 
    B. Non-primate mammals 
    C. Primates 
VII. Vision 
    A. Eye dissection/eye modeling lab
    B. Vision and visual illusions lab
VIII. Audition and other senses 
    A. Perceptual illusions      
     B. Build a receptive field lab
    C. Lateral inhibition lab 
IX. Mechanisms of wakefulness, sleep, and attention 
    A. Electroencephalography lab 
    B. Manipulating the central nervous system: Drugs lab
X.  Brain damage and neuroplasticity 
    A. Head games lab
XI. Lateralization of the brain 
    A. Split-brain lab
    B. Language lab
XII. Biopsychology of emotion and stress 
    A. Stress and coping lab 
    B. Biofeedback lab

Assignments:
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All the assignments are done in-class.
1. Reading assignments (13-16)
2. Problem-solving and skills demonstrations with lab models or specimens in class (13-16) including:
    A. Assembling three dimensional models
    B. Conducting dissections
    C. Performing computer simulations
3. Group discussions of data and problem-solving assignments (13-16)
4. Quiz(zes) or exam(s) (1-4), which may include multiple choice and true-false questions, short answers, and the identification of three-dimensional specimens
5. Lab reports (3-8)

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
None
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
15 - 25%
Problem solving and skills demonstration; lab reports
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 40%
Problem-solving and skills demonstrations with lab models or specimens
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 50%
Quiz(zes) or exam(s)
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 15%
In-class participation; discussion; attendance


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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A Colorful Introduction to the Anatomy of the Human Brain: A Brain and Psychology Coloring Book. 2nd ed. Pinel, J. & Edwards, M. Pearson. 2007 (classic).
The Sheep Brain: A Basic Guide. Cooley. R. K. & Vanderwolf, C. H. AJ Kirby Company. 2004 (classic).
Biological Psychology. 14th ed. Kalat, J.W. Cengage Learning. 2024.
Instructor prepared materials

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