This course builds on learnings from the Certificate of Biopsychology, particularly in terms of understanding specific brain structures and how they function. It will introduce you to key research done on complex brain processes and is ideal for those studying counselling, psychology, or biological or health science or working in those industries.
The Certificate of Biopsychology – Advanced is an online program that will provide you with a deeper understanding of the brain and how certain drugs and damage to the nervous system can affect brain functioning and behaviour.
In this professional development course, you will explore behavioural genetics, the models of memory, and the language and speech theories of Broca and Wernicke.
You will also study the causes and types of brain damage, the stages of recovery, and how drug dependence can affect the brain and the central nervous system.
On completion of this course, you will have a thorough grounding in the functions of different brain centres. You will understand the relationship between our physiological states and our mental processes, how these can influence behaviour, and how your knowledge can positively influence those in your care.
Unit 1 – Evolution, genetics and experience
What is biopsychology
The organism’s genetic endowment, experience and perception.
The nature nurture debate
The human genome
Benefits of genetic research
Critical policy and ethical issues
Unit 2 – Research methods in biopsychology
Methods of investigating the brain: invasive and non invasive
Localisation of function
Unit 3 – 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 -Alzheimer’s disease
Unit 4 – Recovery from brain damage
Stages of recovery: unresponsiveness, early responses, agitated and confused, higher-level responses,
Complimentary and supportive therapies for Parkinson’s disease
Coping with Parkinson’s disease
Unit 5 – Drug dependence and the brain
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
Unit 6 – Memory
Models of memory: multistore model, working 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)
Unit 7 – Language
The brain and language
Aphasia and Diphasia
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.