This unit of study introduces fundamental concepts of nervous system structure and function. Anatomy of the brain and spinal cord is studied using models. The physiological component of the unit will cover topics such as the generation of a nerve impulse or signal, basic mechanisms of spinal reflexes and the function of the somatosensory system. Students will also be introduced to the anatomy and physiology of the autonomic nervous system and motor pathways. Case studies aimed at identifying simple neural problems associated with sensory and motor systems are specifically designed for students undertaking professional preparation degrees. Practical class attendance for this unit is compulsory.
4hrs lectures, 2hr practicals, tutorials/week
Weekly quiz (5%), two mid semester exams in week 5 (15%) and in week 8: (30%) and end semester exam (50%)
BIOS1132 or BIOS1141 or BIOS1171