Neuroscience: Special Senses (NEUR3001)


The aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system and to the main concepts of processing of sensory information. Understanding basic sensory transduction mechanisms and the function of the sensory systems is necessary to understand how perceptual processes work in normal and disease conditions and provides a gateway to unravel the complexity of the mind. Basic aspects of low and high level sensory processing in all sense modalities will be covered, with a special emphasis in the auditory and visual systems. The relationship between sensory systems, perception and higher cognitive functions will be addressed.

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Two 1-hour lectures per week; one 3-hour practical per fortnight and one 3-hour tutorial per fortnight.


Two 1-hour exams, one mid-semester quiz, neuroanatomy practical test, practical reports, paper discussion sessions, library essay (100%).


Kandel, Schwartz, Jessel. Principles of Neural Science. 4th edition. Elsevier. 2000.

Bear, Connors, Paradiso. Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain. Williams & Wilkins. 2001. John Nolte. The Human Brain. 6th edition, Elsevier 2009.

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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

For BMedSc: 18 credit points of BMED including (BMED2401 and BMED2402) or (BMED2801 and BMED2802 and BMED2806). For other students: [(PHSI2005 or PHSI2905) or ANAT2010] and 6 credit points of MBLG.

(PHSI2005 or PHSI2905) and ANAT2010


PHSI3001 or NEUR3901 or NEUR3005 or NEUR3905

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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.