The Integrated Brain

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Integrated Brain

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BIOM2011 + BIOL2200

    Recommended prerequisite


  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Lectures & seminars illustrating how brain systems work in an integrated fashion to extract high level sensory information, plan & control movement, form memories, cope with emotional & physical stress, & adapt to drugs of addiction.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Draw together the neuroscience streams encountered by the student in previous undergraduate disciplines.
    2. Provide an integrated view of how neural systems interact to achieve a goal directed outcome.
    3. Make an in-depth analysis of the published scientific literature.
    4. Make a oral and visual presentation of scientific results using appropriate information and communication techniques.
    5. Have the ability to defend a scientific position.
    6. Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy and cell types which mediate the immune response in brain tissue and the role of this response in brain degeneration and inflammation.
    7. Describe the functional anatomy of the cortex, cortical microcircuits, somatosensory/motor circuits which controls whisking in rodents, the mirror neuron system and the scientific basis for this knowledge.
    8. Describe the key features of the addicted state, how the brain adapts to long-term drug misuse; describe the brain circuits involved in the addicted state, how they change with long-term drug use and how knowledge of drug-induced changes in brain state can guide treatment for addiction.
    9. Demonstrate an understanding of how the brain responds to injury at a cellular and molecular level, develop a broad understanding of the hurdles and challenges that need to be overcome for brain repair and provide a critical and informed judgment on the value and importance of findings from experimental research in the area of neurotrauma.
    10. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the amygdala, the autonomic nervous system and the endocrine system in activating the response to stress and how chronic stress effects the amygdala, hippocampus and the pre-frontal cortex; describe traditional and new ways of regulating the stress response and understand how our environment can influence stress levels.
    11. Describe the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the brain regions involved in a given learning task, describe the functional roles of these regions in learning and understand and describe the current model of long term synaptic plasticity as the basis for learning.
    12. Describe the neurobiology of psychosis, such as schizophrenia, in humans and animal models.
    13. Describe the brain system used for navigating and locating the body relative to external space and past locations.
    14. Describe how the brain processes visual stimuli to create a visual representation of the external world.
    15. Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms underlying stem cells in maintaining or repairing brain function, and current and future modes of treatment or prevention of brain dysfunction using stem cell technology.
    Class Contact
    3 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour
    Journal Club participation and oral Presentation
    Type: Presentation
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Due Date: Throughout Semester
    Weight: 30%
    Task Description: Each student or a student group will be assigned to a journal club, which will meet regularly. In these clubs, groups of 3-4 students will be asked to give an oral presentation to the remainder of the group. All students presenting will be marked as a group by your journal club leader - criteria marking sheets used for marking will be supplied. The date of your group presentation will be determined by negotiation with the journal club leader.
    All oral presentation marks will be moderated by the NEUR3002 course coordinator, to ensure equitable marking across all journal clubs. You will receive your oral presentation and journal participation mark after the moderation process, and prior to the end of semester examination.
    Oral Presentation 20%
    Journal Club Participation 10%. Participation includes both attendance and active participation in journal club discussions. An attendance roll will be kept and all students should be prepared to contribute to discussion of other students presentations.
    Practical lab participation and presentation
    Type: Presentation
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Due Date: Early Semester
    Weight: 30%
    Task Description: In place of participating in a journal club over the course of the semester, students can instead take a short practical class in systems neurophysiology. The practical class is designed to give students a basic hands on experience in recording neurophysiological data from brain slices, followed by analysis and presentation of their findings to the practical class peer group as a whole. Students will be marked on their participation in 3 practical class sessions (3 hours per sessions) and on their data analysis and presentation in a final session. Participation is worth 10% and presentation is worth 20%.
    Mid semester examination
    Type: Exam - Mid Semester Outside Scheduled Class
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13
    Due Date: Mid Semester Exam Period
    Weight: 30%
    Reading: 0 minutes
    Duration: 60 minutes
    Format: Multiple-choice, Short answer
    Task Description: A mid semester examination will be scheduled outside class times.
    Theory Exam
    Type: Exam - during Exam Period (Central)
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
    Due Date: Examination Period
    Weight: 40%
    Reading: 10 minutes
    Duration: 90 minutes
    Format: Multiple-choice, Short answer
    Task Description: Short Answer and MCQ Questions. Information about the examination will be provided during the semester via the course Blackboard site.

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