Neuroscience (BIOS1171)


This unit of study includes fundamental concepts of nervous system organisation and function. Anatomy of the brain and spinal cord is studied using models to understand the cortical and subcortical pathways as well as integrating centres that control movements and posture. The physiology component introduces students to mechanisms of signal generation and transmission, basic mechanisms of spinal reflexes, the function of the somatosensory and 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 following professional preparation degrees. This unit includes a few laboratory classes in which human cadavers are studied; attendance at such classes is strongly encouraged.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


3hr lectures, 2hrs practical/week, with a small online component


Mid-semester exam (40%), end-semester exam (60%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


BIOS1137 or BIOS2103

Additional Information

Semester 1 coordinator is Dr Jin Huang, Semester 2 coordinator is Dr Alan Freeman

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.