PSY 240 Brain and Behavior - Online
A general survey of the biological foundations of behavior. Emphasis is on the central nervous system.
We live in a time of breathtaking discovery regarding the processes by which mammalian nervous systems are formed and function in everyday behavior. Psych 240 is designed to provide the basic conceptual tools needed to understand these discoveries, evaluate news reports, seek further information, and even begin to pursue a career in this area.
Academic Prerequisites: The only formal prerequisite is Psych 105 or (Biol 123/124L or 201). An introductory biology course is highly recommended for those with limited biology background. This course will review in detail the neuroanatomy and physiology of the nervous system, so those without basic background knowledge of cell biology and genetics would have a very difficult time keeping up.
Structure of Course:
There is a wealth of knowledge about Brain and Behavior so we have a lot of information to cover, just to get an introduction. The summer term is short, but we will cover all the material usually included in Psych 240. Our Summer schedule is designed to provide you with more flexibility than Fall and Spring, since you may have more family demands and vacation opportunities. It would be possible (but not easy) to complete the entire course between June 7 and July 11 if you worked on it at least 25hr/wk. Alternatively you can start working as late as June 28 and finish up as late as July 30. However, EACH STUDENT MUST CHECK IN TO THE WEBCT COURSE BY JUNE 17 SO YOUR PLANS ARE CLEAR TO THE INSTRUCTOR. Any student who has not logged in and communicated with the instructor by June 17 will be dropped.
Support services are available to help students operate online, but ultimately IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO ACCESS THE COURSE SOFTWARE WITHIN THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF ENROLLMENT and seek any assistance required in order to successfully logon to WebCT course site and submit assignments.
PSY 105 or BIOL 110 or BIOL 123
Discovering Biological Psychology 2nd edition Wadsworth Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-0-547-17779-3 It is also available at the UNM Bookstore. The other vendors such as Half.com or Amazon.com may sell the text at a lower price.
Yes. There will be weekly virtual lectures with opportunity to ask questions by voice or text. To participate in the lectures, you will need:
- a headset with microphone or speakers and microphone will be needed. We recommend USB equipment.
- A high speed internet connection is needed for web conferencing sessions. Wireless internet connections are not recommended however may be used if tested for audio quality prior to web conferencing.
Five proctored exams will be given. You will need to arrange for the proctor.Common locations include campus testing centers, local libraries and University branch centers. We have some information available for sites in Albuquerque and around New Mexico and can advise students who live outside of the state. WE DO NOT USE FRIENDS, FAMILY MEMBERS, or CO-WORKERS AS PROCTORS.
PSY 450 Depression - Online
Note subject to change.
You will be accountable
for actual documents
in the course.
- Proctor for exams
- Web Conferencing
availability & headset
Mood disorders have been recognized by Western medicine since ancient Greece, where "melancholia" was attributed to an excess of black bile. DEPR: DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT (Psy 450:041) will examine a range of more recent hypotheses concerning causes and treatments of clinical depressions and mania. It will be organized around a series of clinical vignettes. Students will be required to participate in weekly on-line chat sessions and complete on-line tests as well as a term paper/final project.
Brain & Behavior (Psy 240 or equivalent) plus Abnormal Behavior (Psy 332 or equivalent)
Disciplined Hearts: History, Identity, and Depression in an American Indian Community. Theresa DeLeane O'Nell. University of California Press Publication Date: April1996 265 pages Paperback: $21.95 ISBN:0-520-21446-3
FEELING GOOD: The New Mood Therapy, Vol. 1 David D. Burns$7.99 Mass Market Paperback, 736pp. ISBN:0380810336Publisher: Morrow,William & Co October 1999
These above books are available from the UNM Bookstore http://bookstore.unm.edu as well as from the publishers and in some cases from other vendors such as http://www.amazon.com, http://half.com, or Walmart.com. The Burns book also is carried by Barnes & Noble, stocked in Cottonwood store.
Regular web conferences, dates to be determined after start of semester.
For Web Conferencing a headset (microphone optional) will be required. We recommend USB equipment. Entry models are available online through computer supply stores through the UNM bookstore.
A high speed internet connection is needed for web conferencing sessions. Wireless internet connections are not recommended however may be used if tested for audio quality prior to web conferencing.
There are several quizzes for credit which can be taken open book. There are 4 exams intended as closed book exams. For this reason students will be asked to take each of the 4 exams in a proctored setting. Common locations include campus testing centers, local libraries and University branch centers. We have some information available for sites in Albuquerque and around New Mexico and can advise students who live outside of the state. WE DO NOT USE FRIENDS, FAMILY MEMBERS, or CO-WORKERS AS PROCTORS.
Students will need access to Microsoft Word and PowerPoint for this course. In addition, students will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded for free from the Internet. This is a seminar class and discussion of readings plays a large role. We will have weekly class conferences in a software resource that makes it possible to listen and talk with classmates
PSY 450 Sleep Science - Online
Research on human sleep is a multidisciplinary neuroscience activity with significance for health and performance applicable to many occupations. This course explores current research on sleep that incorporates molecular biology, math modeling, electrophysiology, comparative biology, developmental psychology, circadian physiology, and anthropology. Students will read original scientific research reports and discuss research methods. Background in neuroscience and mathematics will be necessary. No textbook. Participation in class discussion sessions will be required. Prerequisites are: Psych 240 or equivalent + Psych 302 or equivalent.
No Texts Required
Participation at least once every two weeks in a web conferencing session is required; actual schedule will be finalized once the semester starts, but it is likely to be scheduled every Sunday from late afternoon to early evening for 1 1/2 to 2 hours (for example, something like 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm)
Headset with microphone attached (using built-in microphone and speakers can be disruptive to web conference participants)