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Neuroscience of sensation, brain and movement (6 points)


Leader: Associate Professor Ramesh Rajan

Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit examines, in four themes, the nervous, sensory, brain and muscle systems, which act as the body's detection, communication, analysis, and action systems. Theme 1 (The world within) explains nerves and intercell communication. Theme 2 (Registering the world) shows how the systems of touch, pain, hearing, vision, taste and smell detect stimuli. Theme 3 (Analysing the world) shows how the brain analyses information. Theme 4 (Action responses) details how the body responds through movement via muscles and limbs. Normal physiology and common dysfunctions of the systems are studied, to allow for a greater understanding of the normal physiology, and an appreciation of dysfunctions.

Assessment: Three multiple-choice tests (45 mins each): 30% + Practical class workbook assessment: 20% + Practical written examination (2 hours): 20% + Theory written examination (3 hours): 30%

Contact Hours: Three 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour hour practical class or progress review period per week

Prohibitions: PHY2051 and BMS1052

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