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

The purpose of this course is to build students' understanding of the biomedical science sub-discipline of Neuroscience. Lecturers with research interests in specific areas of neuroscience will use their expertise to help students understand 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 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
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 above to understand processes involved in major diseases of the brain.
4. Begin to think and critically analyse recent research in brain diseases
Content1) Neurotransmission & neuromodulation: neurotransmitter synthesis and release. Post-synaptic receptors and signal transduction.

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, 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
Self Directed Learning
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

Students must satisfactorily pass the final examination in order to pass the course overall.
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Lecture: for 5 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Self Directed Learning: for 4 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for HUBS3403