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


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Prof Elisa Hill / Prof Sarah Spencer

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7609 / 9925 7745

Course Coordinator Email: /

Course Coordinator Location: 223.2A.006 / 223.2A.014

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed following course/s before you commence this course.

AND 1 of the following:



Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.

Course Description

In this course you will extend your understanding of the nervous system by learning the detailed anatomy and key physiological processes involved in important bodily functions. You will be able to consider how disruption in anatomy and physiology causes disease and dysfunction at a cellular, organ and system level and how these conditions are experienced by patients. The pathophysiology of neurological disorders will be explored with a focus on recognising what symptoms patients experience and what treatments may be available to specifically address the underlying nervous system problem. This course will also develop your understanding of neurological research by providing specific examples of developments in particular fields.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the program learning outcomes for the following program(s): 

BP231P23OST - Bachelor of Biomedical Science

PLO 1 Apply a breadth and depth of biomedical science and Osteopathic knowledge, concepts and evidence in various real-world settings using a scientific approach  
PLO 2 Apply systematic thinking and a range of high-level analytical skills using a blend of digital and traditional tools and technologies to solve complex scientific and medical problems using a biomedical and Osteopathic perspective
PLO 4 Communicate and collaborate on biomedical topics with diverse audiences utilising contemporary and traditional formats employing integrity, inclusivity and culturally safe practices

BP278HSDD - Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine)
BP280HSDD - Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic)     

PLO 1 Provide specialised health care within a patient centred evidence based framework
PLO 6 Work independently and in teams specifically to lead and contribute to inter professional care partnerships

BP279HSDD - Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy)      

PLO 3 Gather and interpret health information, and employ clinical reasoning to develop differential diagnoses, to inform assessment and management
PLO 6 Work autonomously and collaboratively, to lead and/or contribute to inter-professional healthcare partnerships

BP231P10 - Bachelor of Biomedical Science       

PLO 2.1 Demonstrating knowledge across disciplines contributing to biomedical science 

For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide.  

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe human gross and micro anatomy of the nervous system and consider the function of these structures;
  2. Explain the structure, function and regulation of the brain, spinal cord and neurological circuits/pathways in the body and consider how changes to these would affect normal functioning;
  3. Describe the stress response, including the neural pathways and hormonal control involved;
  4. Describe how the brain changes and responds to internal and external stimuli including neuroplasticity;
  5. Evaluate neurological clinical cases to determine the relevant anatomy and pathophysiology causing the patients’ symptoms and signs.

Overview of Learning Activities

Face to face practical classes will allow students to examine neuroanatomy in various forms including cadaveric specimens, digital cadavers and microscopic images.

Tutorials will allow students to work through a clinical case with the support of academic staff. This will allow students to apply their developing knowledge acquired in lectures to ‘solve’ why the patient is experiencing their symptoms and signs. These tutorials will also include preparatory activities for questions that are likely to appear on assessment tasks.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Intra-semester Online Quizzes  
Weighting 35%  
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4 & 5  

Assessment Task 2: Written assignment
Weighting 20%  
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4 & 5   

Assessment Task 3: Practical examination
Weighting 20%  
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2   

Assessment Task 4: End of semester written assessment
Weighting 25%  
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.