NEUR3301 Advanced Neuroscience 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (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 interdisciplinary unit exposes students to the recent findings and emerging ideas in key areas of modern neuroscience. It covers (1) electrophysiology of neurones and glia; (2) synaptic anatomy and physiology, with reference to electrical, chemical and anatomical substrates of functional plasticity, learning and memory; (3) sensory mechanisms, encompassing the membrane biophysics of different types of receptor cells and the mechanisms of sensory encoding and signal processing, both peripherally and centrally; (4) growth and development of the mammalian nervous system, with particular attention to the mechanisms specifying cell lineage, cell number, differentiation, axon growth and the formation of appropriate synaptic connections; (5) selected aspects of integrative function of the brain including movement control, regulation of cortical excitability and higher cognitive functions; and (6) ageing and regeneration in the central nervous system—will functional repair be possible in the twenty-first century and what might be achieved with the use of neural prostheses?
Students are able to (1) recall and integrate key knowledge and concepts about (a) structure and function of neurons and glia; (b) synaptic physiology including plasticity; (c) peripheral sensory transduction and central aspects of sensory processing in normal and pathological states; (d) higher cognitive and motor functions in normal and pathological states; (e) growth and development of the nervous system; (f) responses of the nervous system to injury; and (g) cellular and technological strategies for repair of nervous systems and (2) research a chosen neuroscience topic in depth and deliver a seminar on that topic.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a theory examination and (2) a seminar presentation. 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)
Dr Wilhelmina Mulders
Unit rules
(PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells or PHYL2245 Physiology of Cells) and ANHB2217 Human Neurobiology
NEUR3325 Advanced Neuroscience, NEUR3326 Advanced Neuroscience
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week (from week 3)

Bear, M. F. et al. Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain, 3rd edn: Williams & Wilkins 2006

Hille, B. Ionic Channels of Excitable Membranes, 3rd edn: Sinauer 2001

Kandel, E. R. et al. Principles of Neural Science, 4th edn: McGraw-Hill 1999

Purves, D. et al. eds Neuroscience, 2nd edn: Sinauer 2001

Shepherd, G. Neurobiology, 3rd edn: OUP 1994

Zigmond, M. J. et al. Fundamental Neuroscience: Academic Press 1999


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