This unit provides an introduction into the mechanisms that drive neurons and neural circuits throughout the brain and body. The lectures explore how signal intensity is translated into nerve impulse codes and how this information is again translated through synapses to convey and interpret information about the external world, to control the body and to record information for future use. We also consider how sensory and motor information is integrated through neural circuits in the brain and spinal cord. Practical classes introduce some of the different ways in which the workings of the brain are studied. This senior year unit of study will develop skills in critical analysis, interpretation and communication of new evidence.
1 hour lectures per week
One 2hr exam, prac assessment consisting of one group poster presentation and two short MCQ quizzes, one advanced prac report, one written grant proposal (up to 2,000 words) and oral presentation of grant proposal.
Kandel, Schwartz, Jessel, Sigelbaum, Hudspeth. Principles of Neural Science. 5th Ed, Elsevier, NY, 2013
BMedSc degree students: You must have successfully completed BMED2401 and an additional 12cp from BMED240X before enrolling in this unit.
A mark of 75 or above in [PHSI2X05 or (BMED2401 and an additional 12 credit points of BMED240X)]Prohibitions
NEUR3001 or NEUR3901 or NEUR3002 or NEUR3902 or NEUR3006