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BIOS2062: Neuroscience II: Communication Disorders (2013 - Semester 1)

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Unit: BIOS2062: Neuroscience II: Communication Disorders (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Intermediate
Faculty/School: Biomedical Science
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Knight, Peter
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Cumberland
Pre-Requisites: BIOS1166
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study considers the development and anatomy of the brainstem and cranial nerves.The anatomy and physiology of special sensory systems and the control and integration of somatic motor activity with special reference to communication are explored comprehensively. Higher functions of the nervous system and adaptive properties including plasticity and recovery of the nervous system after injury are also examined. Considerable emphasis is placed on the anatomical and physiological basis of neurological problems relating to communication disorders throughout the unit of study. This unit of study includes laboratory classes where tissues from human cadavers are examined in detail; attendance at such classes is required for the unit of study.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Freeman, Alan
Dr Holsinger , Damian
Dr Huang, Jin
Dr Knight, Peter
Dr Mor, David
Timetable: BIOS2062 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 3.00 13
2 Practical Work 2.00
T&L Activities: 3hr lectures, 2 hr practicals/week
Assessment Description: mid semester exam (33%), end semester exam (67%)


MID-SEMESTER EXAMINATION scheduled for week 8 will cover the following topics:

• Neurodevelopment

• Brainstem & Cranial Nerves

• Vestibular Anatomy

• Vision Anatomy

It may include multiple choice and short answer questions. Details of the question types, and sample questions, will be provided during the semester.


•The remaining topics; or

•All topics

It may include multiple choice and short answer questions.

Mid semester and End semester Examination Details:

Multiple choice and short answer questions only.
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.

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.