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BIOS2166: Neuroscience of Hearing

This unit of study focuses on the neuroscience of hearing. The aim is to provide an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism beginning with the fundamental concepts of nervous system structure and function. Anatomy of the brain and spinal cord is studied using models. The physiological component of the unit will cover topics such as the generation of a nerve impulse, basic mechanisms of reflexes and the function of the somatosensory system. Students will also be introduced to the anatomy and physiology of the brain stem and cranial nerves as well as the autonomic nervous system. The second half of the course will focus on hearing mechanisms and diseases associated with the ear, nose and throat. Case studies aimed at identifying simple neural problems associated with sensory and motor systems are specifically designed for students undertaking professional preparation degrees. Practical class attendance for this unit is compulsory.

Code BIOS2166
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand the basic functional anatomy of the nervous system
  • LO2. Understand the electrochemical basis for the generation and conduction of nerve impulses and understand the role of synapses in the transmission of information in the nervous system
  • LO3. Understand the concept and function of receptors as well as their inclusion as components of a reflex and recognize a reflex as components of a control system
  • LO4. Understand the role of a neuromuscular junction in the transmission of signals from nerve to muscle, describe the structure and function of muscle cells and explain how they transmit signals to cause contraction
  • LO5. Describe structures associated with the diencephalon and brain stem and identify the location and function of the twelve cranial nerves
  • LO6. Understand the structure and function of the autonomic nervous system
  • LO7. Describe the organization and function of somatosensory and motor pathways and understand how lesions affect function
  • LO8. Describe the structure and function of the different components of the ear (including the external, middle and internal parts)
  • LO9. Describe the structural organization of the ascending and descending auditory pathways
  • LO10. Understand how information is coding in the auditory brain including the identification and localization of sound and speech perception
  • LO11. Understand age-related changes that occur in the auditory system including plasticity in the auditory cortex
  • LO12. Understand the effects of inflammation and disease associated with the auditory system