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BIOS1171: Neuroscience (2013 - Semester 1)

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Unit: BIOS1171: Neuroscience (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: Discipline of Biomedical Science
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Huang, Jin
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Cumberland
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: BIOS1137 Introductory Neuroscience, BIOS2103 Neurosciences for Physiotherapists
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study includes fundamental concepts of nervous system organization and function. Anatomy of the brain and spinal cord is studied using models to understand the cortical and subcortical pathways as well as integrating centres that control movement and posture. The physiology component introduces students to mechanisms of signal generation and transmission, basic mechanisms of spinal reflexes, the function of the somatosensory and autonomic nervous system and motor control. Case studies aimed at identifying simple neural problems associated with sensory and motor systems are specifically designed for students following professional preparation degrees.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Camp, Aaron
Dr Freeman, Alan
Dr Holsinger , Damian
Dr Knight, Peter
Dr Mor, David
Dr Huang, Jin
Timetable: BIOS1171 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 3.00 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
T&L Activities: 3hr lectures, 2hr practicals/week
Assessment Description: mid semester exam (40%), end semester exam (60%)


The examinable material in this unit consists of all content presented in the lectures, tutorials, and practical classes. There will be four assessments, two of which will contribute to your final result. The timing, format, and contribution of the assessments are as follows:

Week 5/6 - Online self-test - 0%

Week 7 - Mid-semester exam - 1 hr (plus 10 min reading time) - Multiple-choice questions (MCQs) - 40%

Week 13/14 - Online self-test - 0%

Week 15/16 - End-semester exam - 2 hr (plus 10 min reading time) - MCQs and short-answer questions - 60%


During the semester, you will be given online self-test assessments. These assessments will not count towards your final grade in the unit. However, you are advised to treat each assessment as if it were formal. After studying the topics in detail, do the assessment without interruption and without looking up the answers in your notes or textbooks. In this way you will gain a precise indication of how satisfactory your study has been and of which areas need more attention.


• The Bio-electricity self-directed tutorial is examinable.

• All content presented in the lectures in weeks 1 to 5 inclusive are examinable.

• All content presented in the tutorials and practical classes in weeks 1 to 6 inclusive are examinable.

• The case studies in the week 7 Pain tutorial are not examinable in the mid-semester examination. The concepts in that tutorial will, however, be very useful in your study of pain and should be thoroughly understood.


• All content presented in the lectures, tutorials, and practical classes throughout the semester are examinable, with an emphasis on content presented since the mid-semester examination.

You will find it 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 later material.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • Neuroanatomy: An illustrated colour text
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience: fundamentals for rehabilitation

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 (Exercise and Sport Science) 2010, 2011, 2013
Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) Honours 2012
Bachelor of Health Sciences with a Movement Science 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.