NEUR3310 Neuroscience

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (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 describes how complex phenomenological and behavioural dysfunctions, such as schizophrenia and major affective disorders, are produced by abnormalities of brain function. The lectures go into detail on system, cellular, molecular and genetic mechanisms of selected psychiatric disorders and the therapeutic action of medications for those disorders. Laboratories cover stereotaxic surgical procedures for the localisation of drug effects on behaviour to specific brain regions.
Students are able to (1) understand the cellular, molecular and/or genetic principles relevant to pharmacological therapeutic issues of selected psychiatric disorders; (2) learn the basic characteristics of drug–central nervous system (CNS) interactions and apply them to major affective disorders, schizophrenia, addiction and anxiety disorders; and (3) gain practical experience in specific brain region neurotoxic presynaptic terminal lesioning and the subsequent behavioural effects of drugs that act presynaptically and postsynaptically, as an illustration of (a) alteration of drug effects as a consequence of brain damage; (b) recovery and compensation processes available to the CNS; and (c) methods of localisation of brain function, drug administration and neurologic assessment in an animal model of Parkinson's disease.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) summative assessments—a mid-semester multiple-choice question on knowledge of anatomical, physiological and embryological principles (20 per cent), a presentation on a selected health topic covering what is currently known, what needs to be known and the potential impact on diverse and global societies (20 per cent) and an end-of-semester examination (60 per cent) and (2) formative assessment—students identify a key researcher in the area covered by their health topic of interest to discuss their preparation for their presentation and to obtain feedback on their presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Mathew Martin-Iverson
Unit rules
PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells
PHYL2245 Physiology of Cells
Advisable prior study:
Level 1 psychology; PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 4 hours per week (for 6 weeks)
Unit Outline
This unit is normally available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Neuroscience).

Cooper, J. R. et al. The Biochemical Basis of Neuropharmacology, 8th edn: OUP 2003

Stahl, S. M. Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications, 3rd edn: CUP 2008

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