This unit of study introduces fundamental concepts of nervous system organisation and function. Anatomy of the brain and spinal cord is studied using models to understand the cortical and subcortical pathways as well as integrating centres that control movements and posture. The physiology component introduces students to mechanisms of signal generation and transmission, basic mechanisms of spinal reflexes, the function of the sensory systems and 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 following professional preparation degrees. This unit includes a few laboratory classes in which human cadavers are studied; attendance at such classes is strongly encouraged.Practical class attendance for this unit is compulsory.
3 hours of lectures per week, 2 hours of practical classes per week, with a small online component
Mid-semester examination (40%), end-semester examination (60%)
Semester 1 coordinator is Dr Jin Huang, Semester 2 coordinator is Dr Alan Freeman
BIOS1137 or BIOS2103 or ANAT2010