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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 24 lectures (two 1-hour lectures per week) plus six 3-hour practicals/tutorials |
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
|Prerequisites:||Optometry 655-221 and 655-222.|
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||Students may only gain credit for one of 655-328 or 655-028 (prior to 2006).|
|Core Participation Requirements:||It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.|
CoordinatorA/Prof T Vidyasagar
|Subject Overview:|| |
This subject aims to provide students with a very sound neuroanatomical and neurophysiological knowledge base which will help them understand the structure-function relationships underlying sensory information processing with particular emphasis on the visual system.
The series of lectures begins with a brief revision of the molecular and cellular mechanisms that allow signal transmission among neurones and then leads the student to an understanding of the neural mechanisms that underlie integrative processes of the brain ("systems neuroscience"), with particular reference to the visual system. The student will gain a detailed understanding of how visual information is first coded by anatomically distinct types of cells that carry functionally different types of information from the retina, and how later at further stages of the visual pathways, a meaningful integration of these inputs is enabled. The lectures will include a detailed account of the functional architecture of the visual cortex and neural mechanisms of visual attention, as well as an account of how our sense of balance and visual functions are related. The natural and abnormal development of the retino-striate pathways together with neural plasticity, both at molecular and systems levels, will also be covered in detail. The lectures will also show examples of how discoveries of basic neural mechanisms help in understanding of symptoms in neurological diseases and of some unusual perceptual phenomena. The subject should also prepare the student to engage in future developments of neuroscience in a laboratory or industry setting.
|Assessment:||Ongoing assessment of practical work during the semester (10%); two 30-minute written examinations held during semester (10%); a 3-hour written examination in the examination period (80%).|
|Prescribed Texts:||Principles of Neural Science (E R Kandel, J H Schwartz, T M Jessell), 3rd edn, Appleton and Lange, 1991 (or later edition)|
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Generic Skills:|| |
Upon completion of this subject students should:
Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science |
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Optometry
Bachelor of Science
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