ANHB2217 Human Neurobiology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Neuroscience major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit considers the development, gross anatomy and cellular organisation of the brain and spinal cord and examines the structural and functional organisation of major sensory and motor pathways. Attention is also paid to an understanding of some contemporary issues in neuroscience including neural plasticity, memory, ageing and regeneration. The evolutionary perspective is added by an introduction to comparative structure. Laboratory classes allow both self-paced and supervised examination of the human brain. Examples of the increasingly complex methods for observing and studying the human brain are introduced. Students are taught about ethical dilemmas in neuroscience brought about by greater knowledge of the link between anatomy and behaviour, consciousness, evolution and genetics. Students are introduced to current hot topics in neuroscience research.
Students are able to (1) gain a basic vocabulary in neuroanatomy; (2) learn the basic geography of the nervous system and have an internal concept of the way the central nervous system (CNS) is laid out and how structure is related to function; (3) develop an interest in neuroscience, and gain an appreciation of contemporary areas in neuroscience like memory, ageing and repair; (4) be prepared for Level 3 neuroscience courses; (5) complement units in human movement, psychology, physiology, etc.; and (6) enable contribution as a scientifically literate citizen to debate involving neuroscience topics, including ethics.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a mid-semester test (laboratory and theory); (2) a two-hour end-of-semester written examination; and (3) a two-hour practical examination (the laboratory examination consists of 80–100 specimens laid out and it is not possible to provide special arrangements for this examination, e.g. extra time, different days, etc.—an oral replacement examination can be offered through UniAccess). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Stuart Bunt
Unit rules
any two of ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human, ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human, BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology (formerly BIOL1130 Core Concepts in Biology), SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/tutorials: 2 hours per week

Crossman, A. R. and Neary, D. Neuroanatomy, an Illustrated Colour Text, 2nd edn: Churchill Livingston 2005 (a basic clinically orientated text)

England, M. and Wakely, J. A. Colour Atlas of the Brain and Spinal Cord, 2nd edn: Mosby/Elsevier 2006

Nolte, J. The Human Brain: an Introduction to its Functional Anatomy, 6th edn: Mosby Inc. 2009 (a more advanced text for better students, aimed at scientists)

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