Introduction to Psychology: Biological Psychology

Online Course

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Introduction to Psychology: Biological Psychology

What is the course about?

Introduction to Psychology: Biological Psychology
The course Introduction to Psychology: Biological Psychology is an online class provided by Monash University through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.

Understand the link between behaviour and human biology, and learn how genes and the environment influence our behaviour.

Course description
  • Explore the intriguing world of biological psychology
  • 2 weeks
  • On this course, you’ll explore a fascinating branch of psychology, which looks at the connection between behaviour and human biological functions, in particular, the nervous system.
  • You’ll examine the role that genetics, heredity, genetic disorders, the nervous system and the brain and spinal cord plays in shaping our bodies and behaviour.
  • You’ll also investigate the role that neurotransmitters and heritable diseases play in our behaviour and you’ll leave the course with your own unique perspectives on some of the most biological psychology research.
  • This course is part of our Study with Australia collection, with free upgrades and digital certificates supported by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission until 30 June, 2020. Explore more courses from leading Australian education providers.
  • Introduction to genetics
  • Heredity and genetic disorders
  • Specific genetic disorders
  • The nervous system
  • The brain and spinal cord
  • Explore the role of genes in normal behaviour.
  • Interpret examples of heritable diseases affecting behaviour (e.g. Fragile X syndrome).
  • Assess the critical importance of the environment in shaping behaviour.
  • Identify the major divisions of the nervous system and major neural systems.
  • Identify neural system cell types and describe their functions, including how resting potential becomes an action potential.
  • Compare the role of synapses in communication within the nervous system.
  • Explain the roles of neurotransmitters in behaviour.
  • Identify the endocrine system, the major glands and the role of hormones in regulating bodily functions.
  • This introductory course is for anyone interested in psychology – you don’t need any past experience.
  • It might be of particular use to learners who have already completed a Bachelor degree in other disciplines who are interested in expanding their science and research skills.
  • Monash University
  • Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities, ranked in the world’s top 1% by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was established in Melbourne in 1958.

Prerequisites & Facts

Introduction to Psychology: Biological Psychology

Course Topic

Biology and Biotechnology, Psychology, Psychology & Mental Health, Science, Engineering & Maths

University, College, Institution

Monash University

Course Skill Level

Course Language


Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



Degree & Cost

Introduction to Psychology: Biological Psychology

To obtain a verified certificate from Future Learn / Monash University you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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School: Monash University
Topic: Biology and Biotechnology, Psychology, Psychology & Mental Health, Science, Engineering & Maths