NEUR4010 Modern Research Tools in Neuroscience

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit examines a wide range of modern methods presently used in the field of neuroscience. It allows students to understand the advanced techniques presented in neuroscience articles and at conferences. Lectures focus on the mechanism of the experimental methods and their theoretical foundations. Journal club tutorials are used to develop the students' critical appraisal of the use of these techniques in relation to hypotheses and experimental design. Students perform a literature review of a specific technique and present a seminar of their findings. They obtain in-depth knowledge and understanding of current research methods in the area of neuroscience, advanced critical thinking skills, advanced oral communication skills and deepen their understanding of experimental research design.
Students are able to (1) obtain in-depth knowledge and understanding of current research methods in the area of neuroscience; (2) develop advanced critical thinking skills; (3) develop advanced oral communication skills; and (4) deepen their understanding of experimental research design.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a written examination; (2) seminar; and (3) tutorial participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Helmy Mulders and Dr Stuart Hodgetts
Unit rules
ANHB2217 Human Neurobiology and PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells and (NEUR3301 Advanced Neuroscience 1 or ANIM3320 Comparative Neurobiology); and enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (Neuroscience) (71520) or the Master of Health Science (Neuroscience) (71540) or the Bachelor of Science with a major in Neuroscience
Contact hours
1 day per fortnight
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