• Offered by John Curtin School of Medical Research
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Neuroscience
  • Areas of interest Neuroscience
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ehsan Kheradpezhouh
    • Dr Saba Gharaei
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
    See Future Offerings
  • STEM Course

This course will provide an advanced level of understanding of current concepts in cellular, molecular and systems neuroscience. The course involves online lectures, provided reading material and self-directed study, with assessments including online quizzes, annotated bibliographies, journal club presentations and written review articles. Students will be expected to engage in significant self-directed learning and background research of original neuroscience literature, and become familiar with the broad range of techniques used in neuroscience.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of a wide range of neuroscience topics.
  2. Analyse and critically evaluate scientific literature across a diverse subsection of neuroscience areas.
  3. Demonstrate an advanced conceptual understanding of the current knowledge and techniques of cellular, molecular and systems neuroscience.
  4. Apply knowledge to evaluate a specific current research field, synthesise existing literature in that field and suggest new and innovative future directions of research in the area.  
  5. Systematically evaluate relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions.
  6. Communicate and justify complex concepts, results and findings clearly and effectively to a high standard.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Online quizzes (10) [LO 1]
  2. Annotated bibliographies (30) [LO 2,3]
  3. Literature review (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Short review (news and views) article (20) [LO 1,3,4,5,6]
  5. Journal club presentation (10) [LO 3,4,5,6]

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Approximately 130 hours of total student learning time made up of independent student research, reading and writing. Students are expected to maintain regular contact with the course convener(s). Expected work-load is a minimum of 10 hrs/week.

Attendance at weekly Neuroscience divisional seminars and journal clubs is strongly encouraged.

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.

Prescribed Texts

There are no specific reading materials required

Preliminary Reading

Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology

Assumed Knowledge

Assumed knowledge NEUR6101, NEUR6102


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2024 $5280
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $7080
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
2868 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7857 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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