Clayton Second semester 2008 (Day)
Introductory course on the human nervous system. Components and organization of the nervous system. Methods of studying the human brain. Neural communication and integration. Principles of sensory perception. How movement is initiated and controlled. Autonomic control of bodily functions. Learning and memory. High order functions such as consciousness, sleep and language. Practical classes involve observations on nervous system function and correlation classes deal with some common examples of nervous system dysfunction.
This unit consists of an introduction to human nervous system which ranges in scope from the operations of individual nerve cells at the molecular level to the generation of complex cognitive behaviours. The unit will provide students with an essential overview of the human nervous system and it will also serve as a foundation for more specialised studies in neurobiology or cognitive science.
On successful completion of the unit, students will:
Theory examination: 85% (25% in semester assessment, 60% end of semester)
Practical work 15%
Must be enrolled in course code 2230; 2341; 3356; 3404; 3528; 3804; 3855; or 3879.