PHY3111 - Sensory and cognitive neuroscience - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Professor Marcello Rosa

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


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;
  2. Give examples of the strategies used by the brain to process different types of sensory stimuli;
  3. Explain how the control of actions and perceptions is changed according to the context in which sensory information is presented;
  4. Evaluate how damage to the nervous system might alter sensory functions and the associated behaviours;
  5. Describe how neuroscience imaging techniques (e.g. electrophysiological recordings) help scientists to understand the structure and function of the central nervous system;
  6. Critically evaluate the scientific literature and write a scientific report.


In-semester assessment: practical class reports: (40%)

Mid-semester test (20%)

Examination (2 hours): 40% (Hurdle)

This unit is subject to the Hurdle and Threshold Standards policiesHurdle and Threshold Standards policies ( of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences.

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


PHY2011 plus one of PHY2042 or PHY2032; or BMS1052 plus one of BMS2031, BND2011 or BNS1072; or permission from the unit co-ordinator.