Unit description

Introduces students to key concepts in Neuroscience including neuroplasticity and neural signalling. Examines the structure and function of sensory systems, motor systems, autonomic nervous system, cranial nerves and brainstem nuclei. Provides a neural basis for the understanding of these systems and how they function together. 

Unit content

Introduction and overview of Neuroscience
The somatosensory and other sensory systems
The somatic motor and other motor systems
The autonomic nervous system
The cranial nerves brainstem nuclei
Nervous system damage and repair

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, Hal, 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 1.5 hours/week (11 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours/week
Exam: closed book40%
Exam: closed book60%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1.5 hours/week (11 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours/ week
Exam: closed book40%
Exam: closed book60%

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

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