- Code NEUR3101
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by John Curtin School of Medical Research
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Neuroscience
- Areas of interest Neuroscience
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to
- Understand advanced concepts in cellular and molecular neuroscience, and describe recent advances within the field;
- Integrate principles from multiple science disciplines to understand information transfer within the brain;
- Explain some of the current neuroscience technologies and illustrate how these can be used to study cellular neuroscience;
- Apply critical thinking to understanding the mechanisms involved in specific neurological diseases;
- Obtain and analyse information and data relating to cellular neuroscience;
- Evaluate a recent publication in the field of cellular neuroscience, drawing upon the relevant published literature.
Assessment will be based on:
- Lab reports (40%) LO1, 2, 4, 5
- Summary article (10%) LO1-6
- Final exam (50%) LO1-4
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WorkloadUp to 3 lectures per week, a number of 2-hour laboratory sessions and a commentary on a scientific paper.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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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