Concepts of Neuroanatomy (ANAT2010)


Students are introduced to the structure and organisation of the central and peripheral nervous system. The course begins with an exploration into the make-up of the individual cells, followed by an examination of the different regions of the nervous system. A final theme of the course touches on the organisation of various systems (sensory and motor), together with aspects of higher-order function (memory). In essence, the course covers general concepts of organisation, structure and function of the brain and its different areas. The practicals offer students the unique opportunity to examine specimens in the Anatomy labs and museum. This course will be of considerable interest to students studying science and related disciplines, as well as those wishing to pursue further study in Neuroscience at senior levels.

Further unit of study information


Two 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour practical per week.


One theory exam, one practical exam, 1200 word critical scientific review article, mid-semester quiz and periodic practical reports (100%).


Bear, MF, Connors, BW, Paradiso, MA. Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain. 3rd edition. Williams and Wilkins. 2006.
Also recommended: Nolte J, Angevine JJB. The Human Brain in Photographs and Diagrams. Mosby/Elsevier. 2007.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(BIOL1003 or BIOL1903 or BIOL1993) and one of (ANAT2008 or BIOL1002 or BIOL1902 or MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or MBLG2071 or MBLG2971 or PSYC1001 or PSYC1002). Students must have a grade of credit in at least one of the prerequisite units.

Background in basic cell biology and basic mammalian biology.


ANAT2003 or MECH2901 or any Intermediate BMED units

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.