Neuroscience: Motor Systems and Behaviour (NEUR3002)


The aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system. Our current knowledge of how the brain works is based on the analysis of the normal structure of the nervous system and its pathways, the functional effects of lesions and neurological diseases in different parts of the nervous system, and the way that nerve cells work at the molecular, cellular and integrative level. This course focuses on to the neural circuits and the mechanisms that control somatic and autonomic motor systems, motivated behaviours, emotions, and other higher order functions. The lecture series addresses the different topics, each of which offers special insight into the function of the nervous system in health and disease.

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


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


Kandel, Schwartz, Jessel. Principles of Neural Science. 4th edition. Elsevier. 2000. or Bear, Connors, Paradiso. Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain. Williams & Wilkins. 2001.
John Nolte. The Human Brain. 6th edition, C.V. Mosby Co. 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.

ANAT2010 and (PHSI2005 or PHSI2905)


NEUR3902 or PHSI3001 or NEUR3006 or NEUR3906

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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.