Course Title: Neuroscience

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Neuroscience

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Course guide info and changes due to COVID-19: As a consequence of courses being delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020, course guides may not reflect all courses assessments and activities. This is because some information in the course guide is fixed, such as learning outcomes, and some may change according to the semester of delivery. Please refer to Canvas for details regarding your assessment and activities for each of your Semester 2 courses and talk to your course coordinator if you have any questions.


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Jeremy Keens

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7308

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.02.037

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites


Assumed Knowledge

AND 1 of the following



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) and Chiropractic (BP280)

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

Osteopathy (BP279)

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

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 somatic and autonomic sensory and motor functions in their relationship to and interaction with the central and peripheral nervous systems
  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
  6. describe the blood supply to the brain

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.

Tutorial/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. In addition 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.


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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Online Quizzes  

Weighting 10%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6  

Assessment Task 2: Mid-semester test (in class)

Weighting 20%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6   

Assessment Task 3: Practical Exam

Weighting 20%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 6   

Assessment Task 4: End of Semester Exam

Weighting 50%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6