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BIOS2171: Human Neuroscience in Health and Disease

This intermediate unit of study will introduce the human nervous system and its function, with a focus on the control of movement. Content includes the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the healthy human, as well as the introduction of disorders of the nervous system, especially those affecting movement. The unit is designed to equip students to pursue advanced studies in clinical neuroscience or a professional degree program in medicine or other health professions. Material will be presented in lectures, tutorial and practical classes. Active learning approaches including case-based, on-line and individual learning will be used.

Code BIOS2171
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6
BIOS1171 or BIOS1166 or ANAT2010 or ANAT2910

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

  • LO1. Understand the basic structure of the central and peripheral nervous systems, including the autonomic nervous system, and associated vascular systems.
  • LO2. Understand basic concepts underlying electrical and chemical communication in the nervous system.
  • LO3. Understand the principles of movement control including upper and lower motor neurons, reflexes, postural control and major movement pathways within the brain and spinal cord.
  • LO4. Understand the anatomy and physiology of sensory pathways, somatosensation and vestibular function.
  • LO5. Understand the pathophysiology of selected disorders of the nervous system, with an emphasis on movement dysfunction.