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BIOS1166: Neuroscience I: Communication Disorders (2013 - Semester 2)

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Unit: BIOS1166: Neuroscience I: Communication Disorders (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: Biomedical Science
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Holsinger , Damian
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Cumberland
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study includes fundamental concepts of nervous system functioning and muscle tissue. Anatomy of the brain and spinal cord is studied using models and human cadavers. Basic mechanisms of spinal reflexes and the function of the somatosensory sensory comprise the physiological component of the unit. Students are also introduced to the anatomy and physiology of the autonomic nervous system and motor pathways. Cases studies aimed at identifying simple neural problems associated with sensory and motor systems are specifically designed for students doing professional preparation degrees. This unit includes laboratory classes in which human cadavers are studied; attendance at such classes is required.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Huang, Jin
Dr Holsinger , Damian
Timetable: BIOS1166 Timetable
T&L Activities: 5hrs lectures, 2hr practical/tutorials per week
Assessment Description: two mid semester exams (25% each) end semester exam (50%)


Assessment in this unit will consist of:

- Two mid-semester exams in Weeks 5 and 8. These exams will be 1 hour long and will be worth 20% and 30% respectively. There will only be multiple choice questions on the MSEs.

- One end of semester exam in Week 15 or 16. This multiple choice and short answer exam will be 1 hour long and will be worth 50%.

Material covered in your Objectives section of the Neuroscience Unit Manual, as well as material presented in your lecture, tutorial and practical sessions will be assessed in this unit. Marks will be allocated to each topic in rough proportion to the time devoted to it in classes.

In addition to satisfactory performance in assessments students are expected to:

- attend lectures,

- prepare for practical classes and tutorials prior to each class,

- participate in practical classes and tutorials,

- complete the assigned work.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will find it very difficult to reach a satisfactory standard if you leave your study until the last minute. Only if you learn your work as it is presented will you be able to use the simple early material to assist in understanding the more complex material that follows. Data gathered and analysed in this unit over

many years clearly indicate a significantly poor performance for students who do not study in an organised regular manner.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Bachelor of Health Sciences with a Hearing and Speech second major 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

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These goals are selected from University Generic Graduate Attributes which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See University Generic Graduate Attributes for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.