• Offered by John Curtin School of Medical Research
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Neuroscience
  • Areas of interest Neuroscience
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof John Bekkers
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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The course provides in-depth exposure to the cellular mechanisms utilised by neurons. 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 appropriate insights will be provided into disease states such as epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease. Students will be given the opportunity to 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:

  1. Understand advanced concepts in cellular and molecular neuroscience, and describe recent advances within the field;
  2. Integrate principles from multiple science disciplines to understand information transfer within the brain;
  3. Explain some of the current neuroscience technologies and illustrate how these can be used to study cellular neuroscience;
  4. Apply critical thinking to understanding the mechanisms involved in specific neurological diseases;
  5. Obtain and analyse information and data relating to cellular neuroscience;
  6. Critically evaluate at a graduate level a recent publication in the field of cellular neuroscience, drawing upon the relevant published literature.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assessment will be based on: (null) [LO null]
  2. Laboratory reports (40%) LO1, 2, 4, 5 (40) [LO null]
  3. Critique article (15%) LO1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (15) [LO null]
  4. Final exam (45%) LO1, 2, 3, 4 (45) [LO null]

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Up to 3 lectures per week, a number of 2-hour laboratory sessions and a critique of a scientific paper.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with NEUR3101

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


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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
2019 $4560
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $6060
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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
2783 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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