• Offered by John Curtin School of Medical Research
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Neuroscience
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Christian Stricker
    • Dr Anna Cowan
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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The course provides in-depth exposure to the cellular mechanisms utilised by neurones in the central and peripheral nervous systems. Emphasis will be put on the following areas: the role of different classes of ion channels in affecting neuronal excitability, the mechanisms involved in electrical and chemical transmission, how transmitted signals are integrated by the neurons and across networks, and how different forms of synaptic plasticity may underlie learning and memory. Where possible insights will be provided into disease states such as epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease. Students will visit research laboratories at the John Curtin School of Medical Research to gain an exposure to research topics pursued by their lecturers. In addition, there will be a short library-based project critiquing an original research article.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students should

  • Understand advanced concepts in cellular and molecular neuroscience, and describe recent advances within the field; (LO1)
  • Integrate principles from multiple science disciplines to understand information transfer within the brain; (LO2)
  • Explain some of the current neuroscience technologies and illustrate how these can be used to study cellular neuroscience; (LO3)
  • Apply critical thinking to understanding the mechanisms involved in specific neurological diseases; (LO4)
  • Obtain and analyse information and data relating to cellular neuroscience; (LO5)
  • Locate and evaluate current scientific literature and discuss the important findings of these papers in writing. (LO5)

Indicative Assessment

Undergraduate assessment:

  • Lab reports (40%) LO1, 2, 4, 5
  • Summary article (10%) LO1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Final exam (50%) LO1, 2, 3, 4


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Three lectures per week, a number of two-hour laboratory sessions including laboratory visits, tutorials, plus a critique of a scientific paper.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed BIOL2174 or completed PSYC2007 and 12 units of 1000 level Psychology (PSYC) or Biology (BIOL) courses.

Prescribed Texts

Recommended texts (choice of two):

Byrne, JH & Roberts, JL (2009), From Molecules to Networks. An Introduction of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (2nd ed), Academic press, ISBN 978-0-12-374132-5.

Purves, D. et al. (2008), Neuroscience (4th ed), Sinauer Assoc. ISBN 978-0-87893-697-7.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1650
2014 $2946
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2916
2008 $2916
2007 $2520
2006 $2520
2005 $2298
2004 $1926
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Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3450
2004 $3450
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3499 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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