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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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
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
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    • GA4:
  2. outline and compare selected functional components of the human nervous system
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    • GA4:
  3. explain the effects of damage to functional components of the human nervous system.
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    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

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