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Unit Overview


This unit provides students with further knowledge of the physiology, pharmacology and function of the nervous system. Students will learn the cellular physiology of neural circuits in detail, contemporary techniques used to study the nervous system, select neurological disorders and their pharmacological treatments. In addition, students will learn how to critically review original neuroscience research.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Neuroscience; Human Science and Neuroscience major sequences
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) describe the cellular, molecular and/or genetic principles relevant to nervous system function.; (2) describe selected research techniques used to study the nervous system; (3) explain the physiological and behavioural mechanisms of selected neurological disorders, as well as the experimental models used to study them, and their pharmacological treatments; and (4) critically review and comment on original neuroscience research in a journal club article manuscript format.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) exam; (2) journal club article manuscript; and (3) in semester quizzes. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jamie Beros
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: 2 x 45 min per week

Tutorial: 6 x 45 minute tutorials per semester
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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 one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.