The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook

Description

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of neuroscience, spanning from cellular to behavioural aspects. Students will gain knowledge of macro- and micro-neuroanatomy, molecular and physiological features of the nervous system through exposure to lectures, tutorials/workshops/discussions and laboratory classes. The course is divided into 4 major blocks: Organisation of the Nervous System, Neural Signalling, The Sensorimotor Systems; The Changing Brain. 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, by way of “hot topics” tutorials/workshops to some of the most relevant, unanswered questions and the latest research evidence in neuroscience. 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.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Recall and understand the basic anatomical (gross and cellular) organisation of the brain, spinal cord, and how these developed (neurodevelopment).

2. Recall and understand the anatomical, biochemical and physiological features of the various modes of neural transmission (e.g. fast and slow synaptic and extrasynaptic). Understand the principles of plasticity and appreciate the importance of plasticity to cognition and behaviour.

3. Apply the knowledge developed in learning outcomes 1 and 2 to understand processes involved in major nervous system functions and pathologies.

4. Begin to think and critically analyse recent research in normal nervous system function and related pathologies.


Content

1. Neuroanatomy and Neurodevelopment: a basic review of brain and spinal cord anatomy and development. Cellular make up and organisation of the nervous system.

2. Neurotransmission: neurotransmitter synthesis and release. Post-synaptic receptors and signal transduction. Neuromodulators. Synaptic plasticity.

3. The sensorimotor system: the inner ear and the auditory and vestibular systems. Touch, proprioception and pain. The somatic motor system and Parkinson’s disease, a disorder of the basal ganglia. The visceromotor system.

4. The changing brain: Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, neurobiology of ageing, stroke, experience-driven plastic changes in brain.


Assumed knowledge

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


Assessment items

In Term Test: Neuroanatomy Minitest *

In Term Test: Minitest *

Formal Examination: Formal Exam 1 *

Formal Examination: Formal Exam 2 *

* 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: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must attempt all assessments and achieve a pass grade on the combination of assessments to pass the course overall.
  • Formal Examination: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must attempt all assessments and achieve a pass grade on the combination of assessments to pass the course overall.
  • In Term Test: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must attempt all assessments and achieve a pass grade on the combination of assessments to pass the course overall.
  • In Term Test: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must attempt all assessments and achieve a pass grade on the combination of assessments to pass the course overall.

Contact hours

Callaghan

Laboratory

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

Lectorial

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