Course Title: Neuroscience

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Neuroscience

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Martin Stebbing

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7622

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 223, Level 2, Room 13

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Principles of Human Biology (BIOL2273) and Human Physiology 1 (BIOL2043) or equivalent are required prior study. An understanding of cellular neuroscience as well as basic autonomic and central nervous system structure and function is assumed.

Course Description

Building on knowledge gained in previous courses this course will allow you to undertake a comprehensive examination of the central nervous system related to both health and disease. You will study the normal anatomy and physiology of the brain and spinal cord and use that knowledge to develop an understanding of the adverse outcomes of neurological disease at a cellular, organ and system level. Examples of pathological processes will be used to develop your understanding of patient symptoms and possible therapies. The learning undertaken during this course will enable you to critically review a variety of sources of information with reference to the pathophysiology of the central nervous system and provide an understanding of the scientific basis of specific treatments of neurological disease. You will maintain a working understanding of research developments in neurological research and in doing so improve you life-long learning skills.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the following disciplines:

Biomedical Science (BP231)

  • Exhibit depth and breadth of scientific knowledge (PLO 2).

Chinese Medicine (BP278), Osteopathy (BP279) and Chiropractic (BP280)

  • Gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnosis, assessment and management plans to carry out effective evidence based treatment (PLO 2).

On (successful) completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. recognise the major anatomical features of the brain and spinal cord and identify the major pathways and nuclei of the central nervous system
  2. explain the interactions between the brain and the peripheral nervous system in both sensory and motor functions
  3. describe the stress response, including the neural pathways and hormonal control involved
  4. describe the body’s pain pathways, their modulation, neurochemistry and association with stress
  5. describe how the brain changes over time including the concept of neuroplasticity, when it occurs and how it is measured

Overview of Learning Activities

This course may use a range of learning activities including lectures and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will be able to work both independently and in groups to solve problems involving aspects of neuroscience covered in the course.

Lectures: - and lecture notes are the principle mode of information delivery and will present you with the key concepts and information relevant to your understanding. Lecture material will encourage reference to previously learned material and its relationship to pathophysiology.

Tutorials: - are designed to enhance the understanding of the material delivered in lectures. They will examine a series of relevant problems or tasks from the lecture material to help develop your critical thinking skills and understanding of the material. They are also intended to give you feedback on your progress and to aid in the integration of the topics presented in different lectures.

Practicals: - will involve activities to aid your understanding of the functional anatomy of the human nervous system using both wet specimens and interactive/multimedia approaches to learning neuroanatomy.


Formal contact hours of, on average, 4 hours per week for one semester, comprised of lectures, tutorials and neuroanatomy practicals. In addition you should expect to study independently for a further 5 hours per week including preparation for tutorials, participation in online discussions, self-directed study and preparation for practical classes.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources used in this course include text books, lecture notes, lectopia recordings of lecture presentations, practical notes exercises, tutorial classes and tutorial problem, and additional references and online resources on selected topics. The course site in myRMIT provides opportunities for students to independently access much of this material and use asynchronous discussions as an additional mode of learning. Human anatomy specimens, interactive three dimensional multimedia anatomy teaching tools as well as the resources in the RMIT anatomy museum will all be made available to you during practicals, and at other times for self-directed study, an aid to your learning of neuroanatomical principles.

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Leaning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks:


Assessment Task 1: Online Quizzes

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2-6

Assessment Task 2: Tutorial Participation

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2-6

Assessment Task 3: Midsemester test

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2-6.

Assessment Task 4: Practical Exam

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLO 1-2, 4.

Assessment 5: End of Semester Exam

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 2-6.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.