Fundamental Neuroscience (BMRI5002)


This core unit of study will introduce the main concepts of neurobiology starting with neural cell structure and physiology, neurodevelopment and synaptic plasticity. The modularity of the brain and connective pathways will then be examined with a focus of the functional anatomy of sensory processing, the basal ganglia and the limbic system. Immunology and neuropathology will also be studied with insights into how genetics and interaction with glial cells underlie these processes. Examples will be given of how brain disorders emerge from disruption to these fundamental processes.

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Further unit of study information


1x 2-hr lecture/week


Quiz (30%), extended response (30%), short answer comprehension (40%)


Recommended Textbook: Kandel ER, Schwartz JH & Jessel TM (2013) Principles of Neural Science (5th ed.) McGraw Hill.

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Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

Cell biology up to first year level

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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.