Studying online

There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA

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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Amanda Meyer and Dr Stuart Hodgetts
Unit rules
Enrolment in
71520 Master of Biomedical Science
or 71540 Master of Health Science
or Major(s) MJD-NEURS Neuroscience
and Successful completion of
two Unit(s) ANHB2217 Human Neurobiology
and Unit(s) PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells
Successful completion of
or Successful completion of
one Unit(s) NEUR3301 Advanced Neuroscience 1
or Unit(s) ANIM3320 Comparative Neurobiology
Contact hours
1 day per fortnight
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