Neuroscience

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NEUROSCIENCE (HONOURS)

The Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours) (Neuroscience) requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 4000-level Honours coursework selective units, and
(ii) 36 credit points of 4000-level Honours research project units

Honours Coursework Selective

SOMS4101 Research Skills for Medical Sciences

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Najla Nasr and Paul Austin Session: Intensive August,Intensive March Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assumed knowledge: A major in one of the following areas: Applied Medical Science; Immunology and Pathology; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biology; Microbiology; Cell and Developmental Biology; Infectious Diseases; Pharmacology; Medicinal Chemistry; Neuroscience; Physiology; Anatomy and Histology; Genetics and Genomics; Quantitaive Life Science Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Block mode
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We face major health challenges in today's society that require new insights and approaches from bright minds. Tackling the big questions in medical sciences and health requires the research skills that will inform tomorrow's health outcomes for individuals and populations. Immersed in a multidisciplinary medical science and health research environment, you will develop the core skills required to undertake laboratory, clinical and population health research. You will learn to design, execute and evaluate studies, and to scrutinise data and research outcomes. You will work individually and collaboratively in small teams of students from different areas of specialisation to learn theoretical and practical aspects of specific research techniques, as well as the ethical and regulatory frameworks relevant to medical and health research. This unit of study will equip you with knowledge and skills that will enable you to play an active role in finding meaningful solutions to difficult problems in a technical or research setting.
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SOMS4102 Communicating Ideas in Biomedical Science

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Andrew Harman and Lenka Munoz Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: SOMS4101 Assumed knowledge: A major in one of the following areas: Applied Medical Science; Immunology and Pathology; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biology; Microbiology; Cell and Developmental Biology; Infectious Diseases; Pharmacology; Medicinal Chemistry; Neuroscience; Physiology; Anatomy and Histology; Genetics and Genomics; Quantitaive Life Science Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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The capacity to interpret a biological concept and communicate scientific findings is a fundamental skill underlying all facets of medical and health sciences. In this unit of study, you will develop the skills to critique a wide range of scientific literature from peer-reviewed articles to unsubstantiated independent web-site claims. You will learn how to critically assess the validity of scientific information to distinguish between rigorous, scientifically-supported claims and pseudoscience. You will also examine key concepts in data interpretation and evaluation in relation to medicine and health. This unit includes tasks that will enable you to clearly and independently communicate your own research findings both written and verbally to a range of audiences including politicians, the media, the general public and the wider scientific community. The skills taught in this unit will provide you with a solid foundation upon which you can forge a professional career in the health and medical communication sphere.
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Honours Core Research Project

NEUR4103 Neuroscience Honours Project A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Paul Austin Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
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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.
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NEUR4104 Neuroscience Honours Project B

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Paul Austin Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Corequisites: NEUR4103 Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
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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.
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NEUR4105 Neuroscience Honours Project C

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Paul Austin Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Corequisites: NEUR4104 Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
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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.
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NEUR4106 Neuroscience Honours Project D

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Paul Austin Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Corequisites: NEUR4105 Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
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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.
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NEUR4107 Neuroscience Honours Project E

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Paul Austin Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Corequisites: NEUR4106 Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
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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.
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NEUR4108 Neuroscience Honours Project F

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Paul Austin Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Corequisites: NEUR4107 and SCIE4999 Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Practical field work: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Supervision
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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.
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SCIE4999 Final Honours Mark

Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
All students in Science Honours must enrol in this non-assessable unit of study in their final semester. This unit will contain your final Honours mark as calculated from your coursework and research project units.