• Offered by John Curtin School of Medical Research
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Neuroscience
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Jason Potas
    • Prof Teddy Maddess
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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The course describes sensory systems in neuroscience and some discussion of medical issues related to dysfunction within those systems. The course deals with issues that bridge the gap between molecular and cellular approaches and behaviour/perception. Topics in this course include descriptions of the anatomy, physiology and functions of the major senses, including the visual, somatosensory, auditory, olfactory and taste-related nervous systems; mechanisms related to sensory-motor integration; methods of brain imaging and non-invasive recording of brain activity; and a description of diseases of the nervous system, e.g. types of blindness and multiple sclerosis. Students will have practical classes.

Learning Outcomes

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

On completion of the course students would be expected to be able to

  • Understand concepts in sensory neuroscience, and describe recent advances in the field. (LO1)
  • Integrate principles from multiple science disciplines to understand sensory processing (LO2)
  • Explain some of the current neuroscience technologies and illustrate how these can be used to study sensory neuroscience. (LO3)
  • Apply critical thinking to understanding diseases involving the sensory system. (LO4)
  • Obtain and analyse information and data relating to sensory neuroscience. (LO5)


Indicative Assessment

Undergraduate assessment:

  • Laboratory/tutorial reports (40%)  LO1, 2,3,4, 5
  • Final exam (60%)  LO1, 2,3,4,



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Two lectures per week and up to four hours of laboratory and tutorial sessions per week.

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.



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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
International fee paying students
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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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7151 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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