UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ANHB5999 Special unit: Human Neurobiology

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content 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. The essay and peer review task requires the student to find peer reviewed papers and write critical peer reviews of each one. The essay task requires a critical review of an aspect of neuroscience and society.
Outcomes 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) complement units in human movement, psychology, physiology, etc.; (5) enable contribution as a scientifically literate citizen to debate involving neuroscience topics, including ethics; and (6) understand the key role of peer reviewed literature in science and its weaknesses.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) in course formative assessment (a mid-semester test (laboratory and theory) plus quizzes and lab attendance.; (2) end-of-semester examination consisting of both a practical and theoretical component; and (3) A critical literature and peer review task. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Stuart Bunt
Unit rules
Advisable prior study: ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
Incompatibility: ANHB2217 Human Neurobiology
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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