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NEUR3001 - Neuroscience: Special Senses
Faculty of Medicine (Sydney Medical School) - 6 credit points
HECS Band six
Domestic Fee: $4,140
International Fee: $4,530
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Physiology
Offered session(s): 1
Assumed knowledge: It is strongly recommended that students also take unit NEUR3002. PHSI2005 and ANAT2010 are assumed knowledge.
Prerequisites: For BMedSci: 18 credit points of BMED including (BMED2401 and BMED2402) or( BMED2801 and BMED2802 and BMED2806) For other students: (PHSI2101 or PHSI2001 or PHSI2901 or PHSI2005 or PHSI2905 or ANAT2003 or ANAT2010) and 6 credit points of MBLG.
Prohibitions: PHSI3001, NEUR3901
Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Dario Protti

Classes: Two 1 hour lectures per week; one 3 hour practical per fortnight and one 3 hour tutorial per fortnight.

Assessment: Two 1 hour exams, one prac (100%)

Textbooks: Kandel, Schwartz, Jessel. Principles of Neural Science. 4th edition. Elsevier. 2000. or Bear, Connors, Paradiso. Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain. Williams & Wilkins. 2001.
The aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system and to the main concepts of processing of sensory information. Understanding basic sensory transduction mechanisms and the function of the sensory systems is necessary to understand how perceptual processes work in normal and disease conditions and provides a gateway to unravel the complexity of the mind. Basic aspects of low and high level sensory processing in all sense modalities will be covered, with a special emphasis in the auditory and visual systems. The relationship between sensory systems, perception and higher cognitive functions will be addressed.
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