Neuroscience

Course code HUBS3403Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

The purpose of this course is to build on students' prior learning in the biomedical science sub-discipline of Neuroscience. Lecturers with research interests in various areas of neuroscience will use their expertise to help students increase their understanding of the anatomical, molecular and physiological features of the nervous system through exposure to lectures and and laboratory classes. Particular emphasis will be placed on neuronal function, plasticity and degeneration, on important neurotransmitter systems, on the topographical organisation of the central nervous system and methods to study the nervous system. Students will be introduced to some of the most relevant, unanswered questions and the latest research evidence on selected brain diseases. Students will be expected to apply the basic knowledge developed above to understand processes involved in major diseases of the brain and to begin to think and critically analyse recent research in brain diseases.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesBy the end of this course students should be able to
1. Recall & understand the anatomical, biochemical and physiological features of neural transmission
2. Recall & understand the basic anatomical organisation of the brain
3. Apply the knowledge developed in learning outcomes 1 and 2 to understand processes involved in major diseases of the brain.
4. Begin to think and critically analyse recent research in normal nervous system function and related pathologies
Content1) Neurotransmission: neurotransmitter synthesis and release. Post-synaptic receptors and signal transduction. Neuromodulators.
2) Neuroanatomy and Neurodevelopment: a basic review of brain and spinal cord anatomy and development.
3) Specific research topics including the vestibular system, pain, autonomic nervous system and immune system interactions, investigating nervous system function in humans, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's disease, stroke, ageing, addiction and neuroinflamation.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSuccessful completion of Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Newcastle) Years 1 and 2 program
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Lecture
Laboratory
Self Directed Learning
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassAssessment items held during the semester which may include MCQ and/ written responses.
Course learning Objectives 1,2,3
Essays / Written AssignmentsCourse learning Objectives 4
Examination: FormalCourse learning Objectives 1,2,3,4

Compulsory Course Component: In order to demonstrate that a student has fulfilled course objectives relating to the understanding of the material expounded during lectures students must pass the formal examination in order to be able to pass the course overall.
Contact HoursLecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentIn order to demonstrate that a student has fulfilled course objectives relating to the understanding of the material expounded during lectures students must pass the formal examination in order to be able to pass the course overall.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HUBS3403