Gold CoastSession 1Session 1
LismoreSession 1Session 1

Unit description

Introduces students to key concepts in Neuroscience and provides a neural basis for the understanding of the human nervous systems and how they function together in healthy and clinical context. 

Unit content

  • Overview of the nervous system
  • The cerebral cortex and vascular supply
  • The spinal cord, peripheral nerves and plexuses 
  • The motor systems 
  • The sensory systems
  • The autonomic nervous system
  • The cranial nerves and brainstem
  • Higher order functions of the nervous system

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Blumenfeld, H, 2010, Neuroanatomy through clinical cases, 2nd edn, Sinauer, Sunderland, Massachusetts. ISBN: 9780878936137.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online (10 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours/week (12 weeks )
Exam: open book50%
Exam: closed book50%


Teaching method
Lecture online (10 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours/ week (12 weeks )
Exam: open book50%
Exam: closed book50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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