Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Marcello Rosa


Explores cutting-edge research in brain function in sensation and movement in humans. The emphasis will be on the way the brain functions normally to analyse sensory information and to evoke movement, and how brain damage leads to clinical dysfunction of sensation or movement. Details current research ideas on normal function and dysfunction in this area, and new methodologies. Emphasis is on assisted self directed learning and project based learning.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe how sensory information is signalled by neurons from peripheral receptor organs to the brain areas processing sensory input;

  1. Give examples of the strategies used by the brain to process different types of sensory stimuli;

  1. Explain how the control of actions and perceptions is changed according to the context in which sensory information is presented;

  1. Evaluate how damage to the nervous system might alter sensory functions and the associated behaviours;

  1. Describe how neuroscience imaging techniques (e.g. electrophysiological recordings) help scientists to understand the structure and function of the central nervous system;

  1. Critically evaluate the scientific literature and write a scientific report.


In-semester assessment: 50% (practical class reports and an in-semester test)
End of semester written theory examination (2 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week.


PHY2011 plus one of PHY2021 or PHY2032; or BMS1052 plus one of BMS2031, BND2011, BNS1072 or PHY2032; or permission from the unit co-ordinator