Neuroscience: Brain Systms & Higher Fctn

Subject PSYC90043 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 lectures (two a week) and 10 hours tutorial or practical work. Estimated Total Time Commitment: 108 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available

512-950 Graduate Research Methods

512-952 Psychological Assessment across the Lifespan

512-953 Introduction to Psychopathology

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Completion of psychology studies to fourth-year (Honours) level.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Colin Anderson


Dr Colin Anderson, Department of Anatomy
Subject Overview:

The organisation and functioning of the major systems of the brain with emphasis on the main sensory and motor systems; the neural basis of learning and memory and higher brain functions, including emotion and language, and of disorders of thought and mood.

  • To understand the modern practice of neuroscience;
  • To study the functional organisation of key systems in the brai,using examples from the motor, somatosensory and visual systems;
  • To understand the neural apparatus that underlies higher functions, such as learnin,memory, language and emotion and the mechanisms whereby aberrant behaviour emerges during disease states.

Critical review (2500 words) of a scientific paper (15%) during the semester; written assignment (1500 words) during the semester (10%); 2-hour end-of-semester written examination (75%).

Prescribed Texts:
  • Kandel, E.R., Schwartz, J.H., & Jessel, T. (Eds.)(2000). Principles of Neural Science (4th ed.). New York: Elsevier.
  • Nolte, J. & Angevine, J.B. (1995) The Human Brain in Photographs and Diagrams. Mosby.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Written and oral skills

Analytic, information integration and synthesizing skills

Related Course(s): Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)/Doctor of Philosophy

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