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Module code:PSYC3307 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Genes and Behaviour
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):Tom McAdams
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Available for students in Year(s):3
Module prerequisites:Students must have relevant lower level Psychology or equivalent. “Non-Psychology students (including non-Psychology affiliates) must visit the link below to establish whether they can take this module. Students should have an appropriate background in the subject area and must complete the ‘Module Request Form’, failure to do so will result in rejection on Portico.”  
Module outline:This module will provide a good overall understanding of the contribution of behavioural genetics research to the understanding of psychopathology and cognitive development. Various methods used in behavioural genetics research will be overviewed. Particular emphasis is given to how genetically informative study designs can be used to understand the way in which both genetic and environmental risk operates. The course will also cover the ethical implications of behavioural genetic research.  
Module aims:This module will provide an overview of behavioural genetics in psychology.  
Module objectives:Students should develop a basic understanding of behavioural genetics methods and learn to interpret research findings in this area. Students should learn to appreciate how genetically informative study designs can improve our understanding of both genetic and environmental contributions to individual differences in behaviour.  
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Module assessment:Unseen three-hour written examination 100.00% 
Notes:Students should note that the Genes and Behaviour module (PSYC3307) mainly concentrates on findings from twin and adoption studies (and extended family designs), with only a very basic overview of molecular genetic studies. It requires a good knowledge of statistics and psychometrics (which Psychology undergraduates cover in years 1+2), as well as an understanding of psychiatric phenotypes and an ability to write Psychology essays.  
Taking this module as an option?:Not without pre-requisites and approval, see above 
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Last updated:2017-06-06 12:01:36 by ucjtjst