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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Introduces students to key concepts in Neuroscience and provides a neural basis for the understanding of the human nervous systems and how they function together in healthy and clinical context. 

Unit content

  • Overview of the nervous system
  • The cerebral cortex and vascular supply
  • The spinal cord, peripheral nerves and plexuses 
  • The motor systems 
  • The sensory systems
  • The autonomic nervous system
  • The cranial nerves and brainstem
  • Higher order functions of the nervous system

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 analyse and compare the structural organisation of the human nervous system
2 outline and compare selected functional components of the human nervous system
3 explain the effects of damage to functional components of the human nervous system.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. analyse and compare the structural organisation of the human nervous system
  2. outline and compare selected functional components of the human nervous system
  3. explain the effects of damage to functional components of the human nervous system.

Prescribed texts

  • Blumenfeld, H, 2010, Neuroanatomy through clinical cases, 2nd edn, Sinauer, Sunderland, Massachusetts. ISBN: 9780878936137.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.