1 x 50-minute lecture weekly
1 x 50-minute tutorial weekly
1 x 8-hour independent study weekly
1 1 of HLTH1004, MMED2931
2 Admission into BHSMOT-Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Occupational Therapy
2a Admission into BHSMPT-Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Physiotherapy
2b Admission into BHS-Bachelor of Health Sciences
2c Admission into BEXS-Bachelor of Exercise Science
2d Admission into BEXSMCEXP-Bachelor of Exercise Science, Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
2e Admission into BHSAG-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Ageing)
2f Admission into BHSDH-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Digital Health)
2g Admission into BHSHM-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Management)
2h Admission into BHSHP-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Promotion)
2i Admission into BHSIN-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Innovation)
2j Admission into BHSPN-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Physiology and Neuroscience)
2k Admission into BHSPS-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology)
2l Admission into BHSTS-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Therapy Studies)
Must Satisfy: (1 and (2 or 2a or 2b or 2c or 2d or 2e or 2f or 2g or 2h or 2i or 2j or 2k or 2l))
Examination (70%); Test (30%).
Topic description

This topic will introduce students to basic and applied neurosciences relevant to therapists and their practice. Students will explore neuroscience concepts from the basic organisation of single neurons to the complex organisation and function of the sensory, motor and integrative systems in humans. The topic will introduce students to neuropathology and dysfunctions of the nervous system commonly seen by therapists, including the effects of aging on the sensori-motor system. Students will be introduced to the concept of neuroplasticity in the context of therapeutic rehabilitation and will gain an understanding of how applied neuroscience is informing contemporary clinical practices.

Educational aims

This topic aims to establish specific knowledge of basic and applied neuroscience for therapists.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Describe the organisation of the nervous system including the spinal cord, brainstem and cerebrum, including its development
  2. Discuss the structure and function of the sensory system, including somatic sensory, visual and vestibular systems
  3. Discuss the structure and function of the motor system including the motor cortices, the cerebellum and basal ganglia
  4. Discuss the structure and function of the integrative system, including the autonomic nervous system and the cranial nerves
  5. Discuss neuropathology of selected disorders of the nervous system
  6. Discuss neuroplasticity and the promotion of neuroplasticity in the context of clinical neurorehabiliation

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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