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BIOS3166: Neuroscience of Hearing II

This unit completes the study of the neurobiology of hearing. The student is introduced to the development and functioning of structures that are important for the production and perception of sound and is then introduced to the pathologies associated with these structures. The course will include discussions on the anatomical basis of neurological diseases associated with hearing and speech as well as recent research into understanding the mechanisms of these diseases. Case studies aimed at consolidating information delivered in the lectures are combined with real-world scenarios explored through research publications and are specifically designed for students undertaking professional preparation degrees. Practical class attendance for this unit is compulsory. Attendance at all presentations is also compulsory.

Code BIOS3166
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. Understand the embryological development of the CNS, face and palate, tongue, larynx, respiratory system and ear.
  • LO2. Describe the development of abnormalities of hearing that result from abnormal embryological development or from exposure to viral illness or drugs during pregnancy.
  • LO3. Develop a general understanding of the gross anatomical arrangement and function of the brainstem and cranial nerves.
  • LO4. Develop an understanding of the basic structural organization and function of the motor system.
  • LO5. Develop and understanding of the structure and function of the cerebellum.
  • LO6. Understand the vascular and ventricular anatomy of the nervous system.
  • LO7. Understand the contribution of the basal nuclei to movement and the effect of lesions to different nuclei.
  • LO8. Develop an understanding of cortical areas associated with various language functions.
  • LO9. Understand the function of major structures of the limbic system.
  • LO10. Develop an understanding of the etiology of hearing loss.
  • LO11. Understand how hearing loss can impact learning and memory.
  • LO12. Understand the relationship between hearing loss and dementia.
  • LO13. Develop an understanding of some of the common medical imaging techniques and be able to explain their use in diagnosing nervous system disorders.
  • LO14. Understand the major mechanisms associated with neural plasticity, repair and regeneration

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.