- 6 points
|Semester 1||UWA (Perth)||Face to face|
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 3 core unit in the Neuroscience major sequence
- The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
- Category B broadening unit for students
- Level 3 elective
- This unit describes how complex phenomenological and behavioural dysfunctions, such as schizophrenia, major affective disorders and neurodegenerative diseases, are produced by abnormalities of brain function. The lectures go into detail on system, cellular, molecular and genetic mechanisms of selected psychiatric and neurologic disorders and the therapeutic mechanisms of action of medications for those disorders.
- 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.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) exams and (2) research report of affiliated graphs depicting data. 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 Mathew Martin-Iverson
- Unit rules
- PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells
PHYL2245 Physiology of Cells
IMED2002 Blood and Drugs
PHAR2220 Human Pharmacology
- Advisable prior study:
- Level 1 psychology PSYC1101; PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology
- Contact hours
- lectures: 3 x 45 min per week;
- Unit Outline
- Semester 1 [SEM-1]
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- 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.