To be read in conjunction with the course rule requirements of the Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) .
A student may complete a major sequence of 36 units in Neuroscience by completing two Year 1 topics (9 units), two Year 2 topics (9 units) and two Year 3 topics (9 units) plus two additional topics (9 units) from the Year 2 or Year 3 topics listed in the program of study below.
The aim of the neuroscience major is to provide students with a foundation knowledge that is relevant to an understanding of the biological basis of mental activity and intelligent behaviour and how these might be mediated biologically and artificially.
Such understanding is becoming increasingly relevant in medical and psychological science and in their clinical applications, with our developing understanding of the multiplicity and interactions of the neural networks underlying everyday mental operations, and the increasing emphasis on finding and understanding the biological underpinnings of consciousness.
Towards these ends the Neuroscience major will allow students to draw on topics from neuroscience, linguistics and philosophy.
On completion of the Neuroscience major, students should be able to demonstrate:
- an understanding of the anatomy, physiology, evolution and cognitive architecture of the human brain
- an appreciation of the range of views and theories on human intelligence and of philosophical issues associated with the emergence of intelligent function.
Program of study
36 units comprising
Core - Year 1 topics
BIOL1101 Evolution of Biological Diversity (4.5 units)
BIOL1102 Molecular Basis of Life (4.5 units)
Core - Year 2 topics
MMED2933 Fundamental Neuroscience (4.5 units)
SPTH1506 Linguistics and Phonetics 1 (4.5 units)
SPTH1509 Linguistics and Phonetics 2 (4.5 units)
Core - Year 3 topics
MMED3930 Sensory Motor Systems (4.5 units)
MMED3931 Advanced Neuroscience (4.5 units)
plus one of
PHIL2603 Cognition and Consciousness (4.5 units)
PHIL3603 Understanding Other Minds (4.5 units