BNS2011 - Brain structure and function I
6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Leader(s): Dr Russell Conduit
Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)
This unit reviews the gross and cellular structure of the brain and spinal cord and the structures that enclose the nervous system. The majority of the course examines the structural and functional organisation of the spinal cord, brainstem, cerebellum, thalamus, basal ganglia, hypothalamus, cerebral cortex, vasculature and ventricular systems. Emphasis will be placed on how these various parts of the brain mediate behaviour and the neurological consequences that result from their dysfunction.
At the completion of the unit students will be able to:
- Identify from pictures and brain specimens structures of the peripheral nervous system, spinal cord, brainstem, cranial nerves and vasculature and ventricular systems of the spinal cord and brainstem.
- Describe in their own words and interpret the organisational, structural and functional aspects of the peripheral nervous system, spinal cord, brainstem, cranial nerves and vasculature and ventricular systems of the spinal cord and brainstem.
- Deduce basic functional consequences related to damage to the above specific neurological structures and deduce the functional effects of occlusion to specific blood vessels of the vascular system.
- Compare and contrast normal neural function to specific deficits outlined in 3.
- From case studies with complex and/or unique neural damage, be able to predict and/or infer what functional consequences could result.
- From case studies with complex and/or unique neural damage, be able to suggest assessment methods and possible treatment approaches that might be adopted.
+ 2 x 2 hour written theory examination (mid and end of semester): 2 x 25%
+ 1 hour laboratory spot test (end of semester): 30%
+ Weekly Tutorial assessment: 20%
6 contact hours + 6 additional hours per week
Must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience or Bachelor of Biomedical Science