ANIM3320 Comparative Neurobiology
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 3 core unit in the Neuroscience major sequence
- Category B broadening unit for students
- Level 3 elective
- This unit deals with the development and mature organisation of the nervous system in a wide range of animals. The unit examines the complex wiring of the brain and how this organisation relates to an animal's behaviour, ecology and environmental needs. As examples, the unit includes studies of deep-sea fish and those birds and mammals which span the aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Animals with highly specialised senses, such as owls, are also considered. The unit provides a unique perspective of neuroscience—students gain a non-human centric view of the central nervous system and acquire a better understanding and appreciation for brain variation and adaptation across the animal kingdom. The laboratory classes provide practical experience in the examination of the nervous system and instruction in methodology and experimental design.
- Students are able to (1) understand neurobiological principles in a range of animal species; (2) learn to present, analyse and interpret original data collected in the laboratory in a scientific manuscript format; (3) gain insight into the peer-review process, learn to give peer reviews and modify their own work in response to peer review; and (4) explore presenting and analysing large and complex datasets in a report format.
- Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) end-of-semester examination; (2) assignment assessing data analysis, research interpretation and writing skills; and (3) online quizzes. 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)
- Dr Jennifer Rodger
- Unit rules
- any Level 2 unit in BIOL, PHYL, ANHB, ANIM, PSYC
- Advisable prior study:
- any Level 1 CHEM unit
- Contact hours
- lectures: 1 hour per week; labs: 3 hours per week for 6 weeks
- This unit involves dissection of postmortem animal material under strict ethical guidelines
Bear, M. F. et al. Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain: Williams & Wilkins 1996
Foster, R. G. and Kreitzman, L. Rhythms of Life: the Biological Clocks that Control the Daily Lives of Every Living Thing: Profile Books Ltd 2005
Jacobson, M. Developmental Neurobiology: Plenum Press 1991
Purves, D. and Lichtman, J. Principles of Neural Development: Sinaeur Assoc. Inc. 1985
Sanes, D. H. et al. Development of the Nervous System: Academic Press 2000
Land, M. F. and Nilsson, D. E. Animal Eyes: Oxford Animal Biology Series 2006
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- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.