• Offered by John Curtin School of Medical Research
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Neuroscience
  • Areas of interest Psychology, Physiology, Neuroscience, Biology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Brian Billups
    • Robin Broersen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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In this course you will learn about the main neuronal systems involved in how animals interact with the environment. The course will cover the principal sensory and motor systems, focusing in particular on bridging the gap between molecular/cellular neuroscience and higher-level perception and behaviour. Topics to be covered include: anatomy, physiology and functions of the major senses, motor systems and the biological basis of behaviour. The course will also discuss the relevance of these neuronal systems to human diseases.

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but will be assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate detailed and advanced knowledge of concepts in systems neuroscience and discuss recent advances in the field.
  2. Explain some of the current neuroscience technologies and show how these can be used to study systems neuroscience.
  3. Incorporate principles derived from different neuroscience systems to analyse how the individual components of the nervous system work together to communicate information in the brain.
  4. Discuss mechanisms involved in specific neurological diseases.
  5. Locate and critically evaluate the published literature, at a graduate level, to formulate views in writing on recent findings in the field of systems neuroscience.
  6. Acquire, evaluate and interpret experimental data relating to systems neuroscience.

Other Information

Please email rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Laboratory reports / written assignments (35) [LO 1,5,6]
  2. Essay (15) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  3. Final exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

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 per week (total 36 hours). 4 hours of practical sessions per week, 4 times throughout the semester.
  • Approximately 78 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.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with NEUR3112

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

Prescribed Texts

Nil

Fees

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:
3
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6462 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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