University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Human Biology, Neuroscience

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CELs 191 and HUBS 191 and CHEM 191 and 18 further points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The structural and functional organisation of the nervous system at cellular, tissue, system and integrative levels.

    Studies undertaken during ANAT 242 will provide a sound foundation for 300-level Neuroscience studies in this and other Departments. ANAT 242 will be delivered as three major modules directed at three distinct levels: anatomical structure, cellular organisation and molecular events. The former will provide a reasonably detailed and systematic overview of the anatomical organisation of the brain, peripheral nervous system and their related structures. This part of the paper will make major use of laboratory teaching. The second module concerning the cellular organisation of the nervous system will consider the specialised structure of a variety of cells which make up the nervous system. The final module will look within neurons to begin to describe the molecular events which underlie the working of the brain. In addition to these three major modules you will also be provided with a series of lectures designed to consider the social and ethical ramifications of our increased knowledge of the human nervous system and the implications for medical intervention and manipulation.

    Learning Outcomes
    -Knowledge of, and the ability to identify, the major anatomical features of the central and peripheral nervous system
    -A clear understanding of structural and functional relationships between these features
    -A familiarity with some of the major diseases of the nervous system and the ability to relate their clinical presentation to the underlying anatomical and structural organisation
    -A knowledge of the cellular organisation of the nervous system and how cellular interactions give rise to dynamic neuronal activity
    -A well developed understanding of the morphology and intracellular organisation of specific cell types in neuronal tissue
    -An appreciation of the chemical composition and molecular organisation of neuronal tissue
    -A detailed knowledge of the molecular events underlying the process of neurotransmission
    -Able to demonstrate a familiarity with how our knowledge of the nervous system has been gained and the ability to engage in critical analysis of experimental observations and data
    -Able to demonstrate an awareness of, and sensitivity to, the social and ethical context of neuroscience
    -Able to demonstrate the close relationship between scientific advance and ethical considerations

    Course Structure
    Module 1: Anatomical Structure and Function
    Module 2: Cellular Organisation
    Module 3: Ethics
    Module 4: Molecular Neurobiology

    Mark F Bear, Barry W Connors and Michael A Paradiso 'Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain' (3rd ed.; Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2007)

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