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BNS2011 - Brain structure and function

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Russell Conduit


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit reviews the gross and cellular structure of the brain and spinal cord and the structures that enclose the nervous system. The majority of the course examines the structural and functional organisation of the spinal cord, brainstem, cerebellum, thalamus, basal ganglia, hypothalamus, cerebral cortex, vasculature and ventricular systems. Emphasis will be placed on how these various parts of the brain mediate behaviour and the neurological consequences that result from their dysfunction.


The primary objective of this unit is to introduce students to the principles and concepts underpinning the functional organisation of the human nervous system. At the completion of the unit students will understand:

  1. the topography and structural organisation of the brain and spinal cord
  2. the functional anatomy of sensation, movement, cognition, language and emotion
  3. the blood supply and venous drainage of the nervous system, and should be able to deduce the effects of occlusion of each of the major vessels.


Written theory examination (multiple choice questions, 2-hours): 50%
1-hour laboratory spot test: 30%
Tutorial assessment: 20%

Contact hours

6 contact hours + 6 additional hours per week


BMS1052 or PHY2011 or equivalent by permission


Must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience or Bachelor of Biomedical Science