NEUR5011 Neurological Disorders

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
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.
Outcomes
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.
Assessment
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Helmy Mulders and Dr Natalie Morellini
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
(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 Bachelor of Science with a major in Neuroscience
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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