NEUR3310 Neuroscience

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (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) demonstrate an understanding of the cellular, molecular and/or genetic principles relevant to pharmacological therapeutic issues of selected psychiatric and neurologic disorders; (2) explain the basic characteristics of drug–central nervous system (CNS) interactions and apply them to major affective disorders, schizophrenia, addiction and anxiety disorders; (3) explain the principles behind stereotaxic surgery, and the Ungerstedt Unilateral 6-OHDA lesion model of Parkinson's disease. ; (4) predict levels of dopamine depletion in striatum for individual animals based on behavioural effects after challenges with a presynaptic dopamine releasing agent and a postsynaptic acting direct receptor agonist from a data set supplied. ; and (5) organise and display complex results of multiple individuals in a clear and systematic fashion..
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 or PHYL2245 Physiology of Cells or IMED2002 Blood and Drugs or PHAR2220 Human Pharmacology or equivalent units
Advisable prior study:
Level 1 psychology PSYC1101; PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology
Contact hours
lectures: 3 x 45 min per week;
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.