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NEUR3003: Cellular and Developmental Neuroscience

This second semester unit is designed to introduce students to "cutting edge" issues in the neurosciences. This course is a combination of small lectures on current issues in cellular and developmental neuroscience and a research-based library project. Issues covered in the lecture series will include neurochemistry and psychiatric disorders, the cellular basis of learning and cognition, neurodegeneration and the development of central and peripheral nervous systems.

Code NEUR3003
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6
ANAT2X10 or BMED2402 or BMED2403 or BMED2406 or MEDS2001 or PHSI2X05 or PHSI2X07
Assumed knowledge:
Students who have not successfully completed an introductory neuroscience course are advised to familiarise themselves with the content in Bear, Connors and Paradiso "Exploring the Brain".

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

  • LO1. Develop a mechanistic understanding of the major principles underlying the function and dysfunction of the nervous system, including aspects of its development and degeneration.
  • LO2. Develop an awareness of the process of performing scientific research and how this contributes to our knowledge.
  • LO3. Gain an in depth understanding of a subfield of neuroscientific literature
  • LO4. Develop your critical evaluation skills.
  • LO5. Demonstrate a capacity to integrate information from a variety of sources.
  • LO6. Gain an awareness of ethical issues which need to be considered in the conduct of scientific research.
  • LO7. Develop your written communication skills.
  • LO8. Develop your ability to perform effective searches of online Databases
  • LO9. Show an ability to think creatively about a research problem

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.