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Unit Overview


This unit addresses the processes and mechanisms of brain development and focuses on neurogenesis, embryonic development, sexual differentiation of the brain and leads into the neurodevelopmental and acquired origin of disease for example in schizophrenia, depression, stroke etc. Students interact with neurological nurses and individuals with neurological conditions at the Neurological Council of WA and participate in delivering questionnaires and evaluations. Assessment is in the form of a case study with seminar-style presentations, provided service learning and work integrated learning opportunities.

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

Students are able to (1) understand how the brain develops with insight into mechanisms and molecular pathways; (2) understand how abnormal development leads to neurological disorders; (3) gain an appreciation into the impact of abnormal brain development and function on society; and (4) gain experience in interacting with patients and professional carers in the context of neurological conditions.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) attendance at and participation in weekly clinical and research seminars; (2) case study; and (3) formal oral presentation to professional body (Neurological Council of WA). 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 Helmy Mulders and Dr Natalie Morellini
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
and Successful completion of
one Unit(s) NEUR3301 Advanced Neuroscience 1
or Unit(s) ANIM3320 Comparative Neurobiology
Advisable prior study
NEUR4010 Modern Research Tools in Neuroscience
Contact hours
Lectures 2 consecutive hours (1 hour lecture, 1 hour discussion) per week
Contact with patients up to 3 hours per week for several weeks during semester, arranged on an individual basis
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