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 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.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

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


  1. 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.

Assumed Knowledge

Successful completion of Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Newcastle) Years 1 and 2 program

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Mid Semester Exam

Formal Examination: Final Exam *

Written Assignment: Assignment

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks