UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

APHB5503 Neuroendocrinology

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content Neuroendocrinology is the study of the integration between the central nervous system and hormonal systems. This unit builds on the knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology (APHB) undergraduate units by focusing on recent and cutting-edge developments in the field. Each of the three major themes/disciplines of neuroendocrinology are covered: (1) Reproduction (four seminars); (2) Metabolism and Obesity (four seminars); and (3) Stress (four seminars). Seminars consist of a broad description of a topic within a given discipline and then focus on a relevant and recent journal paper, providing critical interpretation and a basis of how this current research has shaped our knowledge. Based on these seminars, students then develop (through independent reading) and present a journal club-style presentation where they review a relevant journal paper. This oral presentation is accompanied by a written (assignment) in the form of an editorial comment.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand the critical breakthroughs and recent advances in neuroendocrinology within each discipline; (2) search the literature to determine papers of seminal importance, interpret the data, integrate it within the field, think critically, critique and/or defend the results; and (3) actively engage in scientific communication (presenting and asking questions) through the presentation and critique of data to peers.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) quizzes; (2) journal clubs; and (3) editorial comment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Jeremy Smith
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540)
Contact hours seminars: 1 hour per week for 13 weeks; tutorials: 2 hours per week for 9 weeks (depending on number of students)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/APHB5503/SEM-2/2017

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