This unit provides advanced series of lectures in specialised areas of Neuroscience. In this unit students will study neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and pathophysiology of nervous system disorders. Students will enhance knowledge of fundamentals of the nervous system and learn the neurophysiology of memory, learning and cognition, language, behaviour and emotions, addiction, circadian rhythms and sleep. Students will study brain regulation of motor, sensory and autonomic functions, pathways, disorders and the latest research related to specific disorders.

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RBM2100 - Rehabilitation Anatomy or

RBM2540 - Pathophysiology 2 or

RBM2800 - Cardiorespiratory and Renal Physiology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Attain advanced knowledge of the nervous system structure and functioning, including the neurophysiology of higher human brain functions: memory, learning, cognition, behaviour, emotions, language;  
  2. Explore mechanisms of addiction and sleep disorders; elucidate brain regulation of muscle functions, neuronal pathways from brain centres to effector organs, pathophysiological mechanisms underlying disorders of neuromuscular transmission;  
  3. Evaluate sensory pathways from the special sense organs (visual, auditory, smell, taste), and from somatic sensory receptors (touch, pressure, pain) to cortical centres; interpret the regulation of autonomic functions by the central and peripheral nervous system; mechanisms underlying dysfunctions of the autonomic nervous system including enteric nervous system and brain-gut disorders;  
  4. Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills through oral presentations regarding neurological disorders; integrate information on the latest studies in Neuroscience, diagnostic methods and novel treatments for the nervous system diseases.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Two (2) Multiple Choice Tests (10% each and 1000 words total) 20%
Presentation Presentation (15 minutes) (1500 words) 25%
Examination End of Semester Theory Examination (2 hours) 55%

Required reading

Neuroscience 5th ed.
Purves, D., et al. (2012)
Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA, USA.

Essential Neuroscience
Siegel Allan, Sapru Hreday N. (2011)
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, USA

Elsevier's integrated neuroscience
Nolte John (2007)
Philadelphia : Mosby / Elsevier

A range of text references, journal articles, and other material will be provided by lecturing staff throughout the semester.

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