Current Topics in Neuroscience

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Current Topics in Neuroscience

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ANT 242, PHSL 231, PSYC 211 and 18 200-level BIOC, GENE, ZOOL or PHAL points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    Recent advances and controversies in neuroscience research.

    NEUR 301 is internally assessed. Each of the three modules are taught by a Neuroscientist from one of the departments contributing to the Neuroscience Programme. S/he assigns and marks the assessment(s) associated with that module. The staff colaborate to ensure that there are a variety of assessment types and skills assessed.

    Course Structure
    NEUR 301 is usually taught in three independent modules, each lasting about four weeks. Each module is taught by a different neuroscientist from one of the departments contributing to the Neuroscience Programme.

    Learning Outcomes
    -To have a clear understanding of the nature of some major new discoveries in neuroscience, the methods used to elucidate them and their wider implications
    -To develop skill in reading, interpreting and critiquing journal articles reporting neuroscience discoveries
    -To develop skill in combining information from multiple sources to produce a review of a field of research
    -To develop skill in communicating scientific ideas in writing and orally
    -To develop skill in data analysis and experimental design

    Text books are not required for this paper.

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