• Offered by John Curtin School of Medical Research
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Neuroscience
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Anna Cowan
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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The course provides state-of-the-art knowledge on the cellular mechanisms used by the brain for communication with itself and our bodies. This course describes how neurons in the brain communicate with other neurons and with our bodies. This involves the role of different classes of ion channels in electrical and chemical transmission, the integration of signals in single neurons and across networks, as well as how changes in transmission between neurons may underlie learning and memory. There will be examples of how this basic knowledge leads to insights into disease states such as epilepsy, stroke and Alzheimers Disease, as well how neurotoxins work, and brain-based machines.

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge about the neuroscience systems discussed in the course; (LO1)
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the practical skills that they are exposed to during the course; (LO2)
  • Interpret, synthesise and critically analyse published literature, at a graduate level, on neuroscience; (LO3)
  • Obtain and analyse information and data relating to cellular neuroscience. (LO4)

Indicative Assessment

Postgraduate assessment:

  • laboratory/tutorial reports 45%,  LO1, 2, 4
  • final exam 35%,  LO1
  • Critique 20%. LO1, 2,3



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Three lectures per week, up to five 3-hour laboratory classes, tutorials and visits to research laboratories on campus

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the John Curtin School of Medical Research to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2228 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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