Neuroscience: Motor Systems and Behav. Adv (NEUR3902)


This unit of study is an extension of NEUR3002 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 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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Further unit of study information


Two 1-hour lectures per week, one 3-hour practical 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, neuroanatomy practical test, practical report, one research or review essay (research essay will replace some other assessment items from regular course) (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.

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 in (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

ANAT2010 and (PHSI2005 or PHSI2905)


NEUR3002 or PHSI3001 or PHSI3006 or PHSI3906

Additional Information

It is strongly recommended that students also take (NEUR3001 or NEUR3901).

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.