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NEUR4001: Advanced Seminars in Neuroscience

2022 unit information

Research in neuroscience has made tremendous advances in our understanding of the nervous system and its function in health and disease, however we are still far from fully understanding the form and function of the billions of neurons and the trillions of synapses that make up the brain and spinal cord. This unit is designed to introduce you to cutting edge issues in neuroscience Topics will include imaging pain, emotions, cortical development and plasticity, colour vision, addiction and stress, memory and cognitive processing, neuropsychiatric conditions and neurodegenerative disorders. This unit of study will use small group lectures, seminar groups and short research-based projects to engage students in authentic enquiry. You will be encouraged to explore several specific areas of neuroscience research and develop analytic skills and thinking about the processes and methods of doing neuroscience and engage you in debate and discussion, rather than learn facts. You will shape opinion by listening to the ideas of others and improve your skills and insights into problem solving. You will present your views and ideas, listen to those of others and through this appreciate divergent thinking.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Department of Medical Sciences

Code NEUR4001
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6
144 credit points of units of study, including a minimum of 24 credit points at the 3000- or 4000-level
NEUR3004 or NEUR3904
Assumed knowledge:
Advanced knowledge of the structure and function of multicellular organisms, or a background in bioengineering or biophysics or biodesign

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

  • LO1. Gain an in depth understanding of a subfield of neuroscience research
  • LO2. Develop an awareness of the process of performing scientific research and how this contributes to our knowledge
  • LO3. Develop your critical evaluation skills
  • LO4. Develop your capacity to integrate information from a variety of sources
  • LO5. Gain an awareness of ethical issues which need to be considered in the conduct of scientific research
  • LO6. Develop your written communication skills
  • LO7. Develop your ability to perform effective searches of online databases
  • LO8. Show an ability to think creatively about a research problem
  • LO9. Develop your ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with others from a range of backgrounds
  • LO10. Develop your ability to defend your point of view based on evidence

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote

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