PSY1503 - Introduction to Biological Psychology and Genetics


New from the academic year 2021/2022

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

The Introduction to Biological Psychology course provides an introduction to the biological foundations for humanity’s perceptions, behaviours and emotions - on the genetic, neuron and system level. In addition to providing a foundational introduction to the composition and function of the nervous system, the course shall also cover specialist themes, such as the different sensory systems, memory, stress and sex. Furthermore, the course shall cover genetics through the lens of molecular biology. This also comprises of an introduction to the core research methods used within the field of biological psychology.

Learning outcome


Upon completion of the course, the student:

has a foundational understanding of the biological foundations for behaviour, perception, and emotions. has a knowledge of the general anatomy of the nervous system and its functions, with a main focus on the way in which the brain works. has an understanding of basic genetics, including the structure and function of DNA-molecules. has a knowledge of the core methods used in modern neuroscience research.  


Upon completion of the course, the student:

can analyse and discuss scholarly problems related to biological psychology. can express themselves in writing, in a manner that is appropriate for communicating the core themes within the discipline.

General competence

After completing the course, the student will have developed a foundational understanding of scholarly ways of thinking, with the ability to independently reflect on academic and research ethics related issues.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures 2 hours per week, colloquium. 

Limited admission to classes.

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. 

Compulsory assignments

  • Written assignement

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes.

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

To be announced when semester starts.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
PSY1123 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
PSY1013 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
PSYPRO4113 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
PSY1003 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
PSYK4123 7.5 AUTUMN 2021
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2021-12-01

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Psychology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Psychology


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E 2022-05-14 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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