- Code NEUR6101
- 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
This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 1 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities will not be available.
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. In addition, there will be a short library-based project critiquing an original research article.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills 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;
- Critically evaluate at a graduate level a recent publication in the field of cellular neuroscience, drawing upon the relevant published literature.
- Laboratory reports (40) [LO 1,2,4,5]
- Critique article (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Final exam (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures (total 36 hours) and 1 x 2 hour practical sessions (24 hours) throughout the semester and a commentary on a scientific paper.
- Approximately 70 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
To be determined
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.
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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