BNS2012 - Brain Structure and Function II
6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Leader(s): Associate Professor Stephen Robinson
Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)
This unit reviews the gross and cellular structure of the brain and higher structures that encapsulate the nervous system. The majority of the course examines the structural and functional organisation of the cerebellum, thalamus, basal ganglia, limbic system, 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, student will be able to:
- Identify from pictures and brain specimens structures of the cerebellum, thalamus, hippocampus, basal ganglia, limbic system, cerebral cortex, vasculature and ventricular systems;
- Describe in their own words and interpret the organisational, structural and functional aspects of the cerebellum, thalamus, hippocampus, basal ganglia, limbic system, cerebral cortex, vasculature and ventricular systems;
- 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 Written theory examinations (mid-semester, end of semester: short answer and/or multiple choice questions, 2-hours): 2 x 25%
+ 1-hour laboratory spot test: 30%
+ Weekly Tutorial assessment: 20%
6 contact hours per week and 6 study hours per week.
Must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience or the Bachelor of Biomedical Science.