Neuroscience I: Communication Disorders (BIOS1166)


This unit of study introduces fundamental concepts of nervous system structure and function. Anatomy of the brain and spinal cord is studied using models. The physiological component of the unit will cover topics such as the generation of a nerve impulse or signal, basic mechanisms of spinal reflexes and the function of the somatosensory system. Students will also be introduced to the anatomy and physiology of the autonomic nervous system and motor pathways. Case studies aimed at identifying simple neural problems associated with sensory and motor systems are specifically designed for students undertaking professional preparation degrees.

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4hrs lectures, 2hr practicals, tutorials/week


Weekly quiz (5%), two mid semester exams in week 5 (15%) and in week 8: (30%) and end semester exam (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


BIOS1132 or BIOS1141 or BIOS1171

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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.