Year
2020
Units
4.5
Contact
2 x 1-hour lectures weekly
1 x 1-hour laboratory weekly
1 x 5-hour project work weekly
Prerequisites
1 MMED2933 - Fundamental Neuroscience
2 MMED3930 - Sensory Motor Systems
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Assumed knowledge
Assumed knowledge of content of MMED2933 and MMED3923
Assessment
Assignments
Topic description
n this topic, Neuroscientists at Flinders will explore with the students specific areas of research in Neuroscience enabling students to be exposed to recent advances in modern Neuroscience. The nervous system controls not only the motor behaviour (covered in the Sensory Motor Systems) but also the normal higher functions and bodily systems in health and disease. The topic will explore the bases of sensations from viscera and their control by the central and peripheral mechanisms, the deep mechanisms of emotions and links with consciousness and bodily functions, and the development and responses to lesions of the nervous system.
Educational aims
The aim of this topic is to:

  • familiarise students with the integrated functions of the nervous system of complex vertebrates, including humans, with a strong perspective of the whole organism.

  • introduce students to specific themes related to ongoing research in Neuroscience through the general knowledge of the fields and details of research projects.

  • expose students to advanced research topics in Neuroscience in order to encourage independent learning skills and possible further studies in neuroscience or applied medical research.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the integrated functions of the nervous system of complex vertebrates, including humans, with a strong perspective of the whole organism.

  • demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the methods of research for major Neuroscience Themes.

  • summarise in a concise and comprehensive manner specific areas of advanced Neuroscience research.

  • work independently and where appropriate collaboratively to apply knowledge of specific areas of advanced Neuroscience research.

  • demonstrate development of critical analysis and communication skills.