Neuroscience: Special Senses (Advanced) (NEUR3901)


This unit of study is an extension of NEUR3001 for talented students with an interest in Neuroscience and research in this field. The lecture/practical component of the course is run in conjunction with 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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Further unit of study information


Two 1-hour lectures per week; one 3-hour practical per fortnight and one 3-hour tutorial per fortnight. Advanced students may be exempt from attending some of these classes to permit meetings with supervisor.


Two 1-hour exams, one mid-semester quiz, practical reports, one research or library essay (research essay will replace some other assessment items from regular course) (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

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


Students enrolling in this unit should have a WAM of at least 75. 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.

Assumed knowledge

(PHSI2005 or PHSI2905) and ANAT2010


NEUR3001 or PHSI3901 or PHSI3001 or NEUR3005 or NEUR3905

Additional Information

It is strongly recommended that students also take unit (NEUR3002 or NEUR3902).

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.