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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate an understanding of the structural organisation of the human nervous system from cellular to system level Knowledge of a discipline
2 demonstrate an understanding of selected functional components of the human nervous system Knowledge of a discipline
3 demonstrate an understanding of the processes involved in damage and repair of the nervous system. Knowledge of a discipline

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the structural organisation of the human nervous system from cellular to system level
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate an understanding of selected functional components of the human nervous system
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the processes involved in damage and repair of the nervous system.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Purves, D, Augustine, GJ, Fitzpatrick, D, Hall, WC, LaMantia, AS & White, LE, 2012, Neuroscience, 5th edn, Sinauer, Sunderland, Massachusetts. ISBN: 978-0-87893-695-3.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.