BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY SYLLABUS                                                    
Course:  PSY 335 2A 05
Mar 6, 2016 – May 5, 2016




Stephen Weiss, Ph.D.

Office: LA 214

Office Phone #: 563-425-5916

Office Hours


MTRF 8:00-9:25 AM & by appointment


Class Room: LA 207

Class Schedule:

MTRF 12:50-2:05 PM



This page last updated: 03/05/17 – 11:00 PM


PowerPoint Presentations                                                 


Chapters: I, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14


Course Description:

n  This course explores the relation of biological function and human behavior; the role of genetic, hormonal, and neurological factors in intelligence, sex differences, biological rhythms, and emotional disorders. Disturbances produced by agents such as drugs and disease are studied.



n  After successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the following:

n  Have an understanding of the physiological basis of behavior

n  Have an understanding of research methods in the field and be able to select appropriate methods for addressing research questions

n  Will learn fundamental information about the cellular biology and electrophysiological properties of neurons, neuroanatomy, and how the activity of neurons can yield simple motor action and complex behavioral/psychological functions such as learning and motivation.

n  Understand the complexity of genetic contributions related to behavior, emotions, mental disorders, etc.


Prerequisites:  PSY 190


Credits: 3



n  Kalat, J. W. (2016). Biological Psychology: 12th Edition. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.


Responsibilities & Policies:

n  Students are expected to be familiar with UIU policies and procedures. Many of the important policies and procedures are on the UIU website, located at


Statement on Academic Integrity:

Cheating, Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism

Because cheating, academic dishonesty and plagiarism constitute a denial of the University’s and the offender’s own integrity, they will not be tolerated.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to: 

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: 

 Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to: 

Detected cheating or plagiarism will result in consequences that may, at the professor’s discretion, include course failure. In addition, an offender can be reported to the Faculty/Student Conduct Board for possible further disciplinary action. Refer to the Student Handbook at

Withdrawal Policy 

n  The last day to drop this course is April 14th. You will need to contact the registrar and get written documentation of your official withdrawal. Additionally, according to UIU policy, a student will be administratively withdrawn from this class if they miss five consecutive class periods before this date.    



Grading Criteria


4 Tests (100 points each)


Research Paper




5 Study Group Assignments (5 pts each)





Note: Above grading criteria is not subject to change. No individual extra credit assignments will be offered.


Grading System:




Total Pts






































Note: Excessive absences will negatively affect your grade. Specifically, more than eight absences will result in a decrease of a full letter grade (for example from D to F).



n  All tests will be part multiple choice, true/false and short answer format. There will be no make-ups for these exams - unless, there is an emergency and I am informed within a reasonably timeframe.


Reading Assignments:

n  The majority of the readings will come from the textbook. Additional readings will be assigned as well.


Research Paper:

n  Students will be required to write a 9-10 page paper (maximum ten pages) during this semester. The body of the paper is 6-7 pages (title page, abstract, and references will make up the rest).

n  Individual assignment.

n  Students cannot use same media source/journal articles as used for presentation.

n  Due date: Apr 13th


Paper Guidelines


APA Guidelines


Sample APA Format



n  Class presentation on behavioral neuroscience in the media.

n  This will be a small group assignment.

n  Due date: Presentations will be given on April 27th


Presentation Guidelines


Use of Electronic Devices

n  Use of cell phones and similar devices are not allowed during class; exceptions may be made upon request.

n  Texting is PROHIBITED!

n  I will post all PowerPoint presentations as well as other materials on my website. Laptops, etc. can be used to follow along or type in notes related to this website only. Going to other websites during class is not allowed.


Email Communication:

n  You can expect a reply to emails within 24 hours (usually much sooner than that).


Academic Accommodations

n  It is the policy of Upper Iowa University to ensure equal access to educational and co-curricular activities to students with disabilities as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A student seeking accommodations should contact the Director of Disability Services (DDS) as early in the term as possible. In order to receive accommodations, students must disclose their disability to the DDS by completing a Voluntary Disclosure Form, as well as providing appropriate documentation. The Voluntary Disclosure Form is available in the DDS’ office or online at Students will be given a Request for Accommodations Contract during their initial appointment with the CDS. This appointment will be in person for Fayette campus students and over the phone for Center, Online, and Self-Paced students. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the instructors with a copy of the Request for Accommodations Contract. (For Center or online students, these contracts are emailed out to instructors by the DDS for the student). Additionally, students should work cooperatively with their instructors throughout the term to make sure that appropriate accommodations are being made. You can contact the DDS, Kellie A. Blanchard at (563) 425-5949,, or stop by her office in the Student Center, Office of Student Development, Room 229.


Class Cancellation:

n  The UIU website should be utilized to confirm class cancellations. If the professor needs to cancel class for any reason, students will be notified via email.


Submitting Work

n  All written assignments must be submitted as directed in Microsoft Word format, either as a .doc or .docx file.   

n  Hard-copy submission of paper is required in class on day paper is due. However, on certain occasions I will allow for an electronic submission. Two rules must be followed concerning electronic submissions: (1) file submitted is from a Word document; (2) your submission is not official unless I have sent a confirmation return email of its receipt.

n  If a hard-copy of your paper is left in my mailbox or office (and thus has not been handed to me in person) you must also send me an email informing me of this and your submission is not official unless I have sent a confirmation return email of its receipt.


Other Resources: 

n  Tutoring Services: 563-425-5853

n  Counseling Services at UIU: 563-425-5786

n  Advising and Career Resources: 563-425-5229

n  Writing Center: 563-425-5854



Schedule of Classes


Tentative Topics


Mar 6

Syllabus; Introduction: The Major Issues; start Chapter  1

INTRO/Chapter 1

Mar 7

Nerve Cells & Nerve Impulses

Chapter 1

Mar 9


Chapter 2

Mar 10, 13

Anatomy of the Nervous System

Chapter 3

Mar 14, 16

Development & Plasticity of the Brain

Chapter 4

Mar 17

TEST 1: INTRO, Chapters 1-4


Mar 18-26

Spring Break – No Class – Enjoy!


Mar 27, 28

The Mechanical Systems (pp.198-210); The Chemical Systems (pp. 211-224)

Chapter 6

Mar 30, 31


Chapter 7

Apr 3, 4, 6

Internal Regulation

Chapter 9

Apr 7

TEST 2: Chapters 6-7, 9



Reminder: Research paper is due Apr 13th 


Apr 10, 11, 13

Wakefulness & Sleep

Chapter 8

April 14

Easter Break – No Class – Enjoy!


Apr 17, 18, 20

Reproductive Behaviors

Chapter 10

Apr 21

TEST 3: Chapters 8 & 10


Apr 24, 25

Emotional Behaviors

Chapter 11

Apr 27



Apr 28

The Biology of Learning & Memory (pp. 389-403)

Chapter 12

May 1, 2

Substance Abuse & Addiction (pp. 466-473)

Chapter 14

May 5

10:00-11:50 AM


TEST 4: Chapters 11-12, 14