This unit provides an introduction into the mechanisms that drive neurons and neural circuits throughout the brain and body. The lectures explore how signal intensity is translated into nerve impulse codes and how this information is again translated through synapses to convey and interpret information about the external world, to control the body and to record information for future use. We also consider how sensory and motor information is integrated through neural circuits in the brain and spinal cord. Practical classes introduce some of the different ways in which the workings of the brain are studied. This senior year unit of study will develop skills in critical analysis, interpretation and communication of new evidence.
2 x 1 hr lectures per week, 4 x 3-4 hour, mainstream course, prac per semester and 3-4 x 3 hours advanced practicals
mid-semester quiz (10%), advanced pracs group report (20%), practical class group presentation (10%), grant proposal (20%), final exam (40%)
Kandel, Schwartz, Jessel, Sigelbaum, Hudspeth. Principles of Neural Science. 5th Ed, Elsevier, NY, 2013
(PHSI2X05 or PHSI2X07 or MEDS2001) or BMED2402
72cp 1000 to 3000 level units and an annual average mark of 70 or above in the previous yearProhibitions
NEUR3001 or NEUR3901 or NEUR3002 or NEUR3902 or NEUR3006