The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2021
Course code

HUBS3403

Units

10 units

Level

3000 level

Course handbook

Description

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a broad understanding of neuroscience. In covering cellular, behavioural, and pathological aspects of neuroscience, the student is introduced to some of the most challenging issues in the field today, along with the most advanced research tools used to probe these issues. Students will gain knowledge of neuroanatomy, molecular and physiological features of the nervous system through exposure to one or more of lectures, tutorials/workshops/discussions and laboratory classes.

The course is divided into 4 major blocks:

1. Basic Organisation and Function of the Nervous System

2. The Sensorimotor Systems

3. Neurobiology of Aging and Neurodegeneration

4. Neurobiology of Mental Health Disorders

Particular emphasis will be placed on neuronal function, plasticity and degeneration, on important neurotransmitter systems, on the 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 in neuroscience. Students will be expected to apply the basic knowledge developed above to understand processes involved in major diseases and disorders of the brain and to begin to think and critically analyse recent research in neuroscience.


Availability

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

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

2. Recall & 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, pathologies, and disorders.

4. Understand and critically analyse recent research in normal nervous system function, related pathologies, and disorders. This includes the potential for drugs (e.g. cannabinoids), prostheses (e.g. cochlear implant), vagal nerve stimulation, and stem cells as interventions.


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.Potential of cannabinoids.

3. Sensorimotor System: Sensory - Touch, proprioception and pain. Vision. Inner ear auditory and vestibular systems. Potential for sensory prosthetics. Motor - Somatic and visceral motor systems. Potential for vagal nerve stimulation to treat disorders.

4. Neurobiology of Aging and Neurodegeneration: Neurobiology of aging. Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Stroke and potential for stem cells. Parkinson’s disease. Motor neuron disease.

5. Neurobiology of Mental Health Disorders: Sleep and epilepsy. Stress/Anxiety/Depression. Schizophrenia. Decision making and disorders of decision making.


Assumed knowledge

Successful completion of Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Newcastle) Year 1


Assessment items

In Term Test: Neuroanatomy Minitest *

In Term Test: Minitest 2 *

In Term Test: Minitest 3 *

In Term Test: Minitest 4 *

Formal Examination: Formal Examination *

* 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Lectorial

Face to Face On Campus 51 hour(s) per Term Full Term

4 hours per week for 12 weeks and in-term examinations

Practical

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Includes in- term practical examination