Minor Overview

About this minor

The minor in Brain and Behaviour introduces students to basic concepts in neuroscience (brain) and behaviour and then provides deeper exploration of brain anatomy, organisation and evolution as underpinnings of complex functions.

This knowledge is pertinent to:
1. students studying biological and health sciences, because they will gain an understanding of how the complexity of the brain leads not only to sophisticated behaviours but also to devastating medical conditions.

2. students in other disciplines, including arts, computing, engineering etc, because we show how basic science promotes discovery and innovation using nature as inspiration. Although human brains are included in the curriculum, the unique neural adaptations of the animal kingdom provide inspiration to apply, innovate and create new knowledge and applications (eg robotics, neural networks).

The objective is to provide graduates with multidisciplinary skills to tackle highly complex problems by drawing on multidisciplinary resources and applying critical thinking.

Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the basic organisation and function of the human brain; (2) apply and evaluate experimental design in neuroscience; (3) analyse concepts driving brain evolution; (4) create effective strategies to communicate complex and multidisciplinary information; (5) analyse the biological underpinnings of complex behaviours in a wide range of species including humans; and (6) explore how an understanding of brain structure and function can inspire innovation.
Incompatibility

MJD-NEURS Neuroscience, MJD-HSNEM - Human Science and Neuroscience

Units

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S2 NEUR1001 Neuroscience in Society
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S1 ANHB2217 Human Neurobiology
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of two Unit(s) ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or
Unit(s) ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or
Unit(s) BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
or
Unit(s) SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
or
Unit(s) IMED1001 Form and Function
or
Enrolment in 71520 Master of Biomedical Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S1 ANIM3320 Comparative Neurobiology
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one level 2 Unit(s) BIOL2xxx
or
PHYL2xxx
or
ANHB2xxx
or
ANIM2xxx
or
PSYC2xxx
or
Enrolment in 71520 Master of Biomedical Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil