Research in the field of neuroscience aims to enhance our knowledge of the structure of the nervous system and the mechanisms that underlie its functioning in both healthy and pathological states. As such, neuroscience research encompasses investigations into: Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, disorders of chronic pain, addiction, sensory information such as vision, audition, balance, somatosensation and olfaction, and the integration of these modalities. These functions can be studied using a range of approaches including: understanding the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of drugs and neurotransmitters that affect neurons and related cells; characterising the electrophysiological properties of neurons and related cells (either isolated or within a larger network of cells); or examining the behaviour of the whole organism. Research in neuroscience thus falls across the disciplines of Anatomy and Histology, Physiology, Pharmacology and Psychology. This unit represents part of the project-based requirements to complete Honours in Neuroscience. Completion of the project aims to provide training in advanced scientific methodologies, technical skills and critical thinking skills. You will be expected to design and carry out experiments, collect and analyse data and evaluate your experimental results. The findings you obtain will be interpreted in relation to previous research done in this area and to the general field in which the work is relevant. On successful completion of the honours project you will have developed generic attributes of analytical and critical thinking, communication and laboratory research skills as well as an in-depth advanced knowledge of your chosen research topic.
laboratory-based project supported by the supervisor
written examination (80%), oral examination (20%)
All candidates must meet with the Honours coordinator before the end of semester two of the preceding year (semester one for mid-year applicants) to discuss your intentions to undertake honours in Neuroscience.