Stimulate your intellectual curiosity! Biopsychology is a combination of the sciences of biology and psychology and offers insights into the workings of the human brain. It can assist with answering fundamental questions like how we move, think, experience senses and develop language. This course is ideal for those who work in (or would like to work in) the areas of psychology, psychotherapy, teaching, research and counselling, or in the health, biological or health sciences professions.
The Certificate of Biopsychology is an online program that will give you insights into how messages are transmitted inside the body and brain, the role of hormones and chemicals, and how our bodies detect and interpret sensory information.
In this professional development course, you will study the various theories of the mind-body debate, and how the function of the nervous and endocrine systems can affect the psychology of an individual.
You will also explore the relationship between psychological stress, emotions and consciousness in terms of the physical nature and responses of the body.
On completion of this course, you will have a strong understanding of health, human psychology and the body-mind relationship – valuable insights that can enhance or kick-start your psychology career!
Unit: Biopsychology I
Unit 1: Nature and scope of biopsychology
Ethical considerations in psychology
External stimuli responses
Effects from internal environment
Blood and lymph constituents
Body and brain chemicals
Dysfunction of body systems
Psychological responses stimuli
Unit 2: The senses
Organisation of the sensory system
Hearing and human cochlea
Vison, smell and taste
Touch and pain
Theories of perception
Unit 3: The nervous system
Central nervous systems (CNS)
The spinal cord
The peripheral nervous system
The autonomic nervous system
Nerve cells (neurones)
Unit 4: The endocrine system
Endocrine glands of the body
Adrenal and pituitary glands
The brain and sexual behaviour
Unusual sexual conditions
Unit 5: Stress
Signs of stress
Sources of stress and responses
Stress and the immune system
Cell mediated immune responses
Antibody mediated response
Stress and infection
Role of hippocampus
Personality types and stress
Unit 6: Emotions
Psychology of emotions
Theories of emption
Central neural theories
Aggression and fear
Brain mechanisms in emotions
Unit 7: Consciousness
Awareness and attention
Changes in consciousness
Function of consciousness
The brain and consciousness
Disorders and consciousness
Why do we sleep?
Theories of dreaming
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
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We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
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How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 100 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!
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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.
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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.