ANAT SC 3103 - Functional Human Neuroanatomy

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

This course has as its base the functional anatomy of the human nervous system. The course is designed to introduce students to broad neuroscience concepts including: gross and microscopic organization of the central nervous system, principles of neural transmission, normal and pathological CNS functioning, nervous system development, evolution of the CNS and the neural basis of higher cortical functions. In order to accomplish this aim, nervous system structure, function and pathology are integrated, drawing on information and techniques from cellular, systems and clinical neuroscience. Lectures are supplemented with weekly tutorial and practical sessions. Tutorials include critical evaluations/round table discussions of research articles drawn from the primary literature, as well as small group activities, designed to reinforce key concepts. Practicals include the study of human brain and spinal cord prosections. Students will also undertake a group research project in order to enhance their development of scientific research skills: forming collaborations, writing research proposals, presenting research findings and responding to critical questions.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANAT SC 3103
    Course Functional Human Neuroanatomy
    Coordinating Unit Medical Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week (2 hours lecture, 1 hour practical, 1 hour tutorial)
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge ANAT SC 2109 or ANAT SC 2500 or ANAT 2200 or ANAT SC 2501or equiv
    Assessment 3 quizzes, 1 mid-semester exam, 1 Small Group Discovery Experience (proposal, seminar and poster), 1 end of semester theory exam, 1 end of semester practical exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Lyndsey Collins-Praino

    Course Coordinator: Dr Lyndsey Collins Praino
    School of Medicine
    phone: +61 08 8313 5488
    Office Medical School South, room 508

    Other Course Contributors:
    Dr. Joshua Burton
    Dr. Frances Corrigan
    Dr. Ian Johnson
    Dr. Marc Jones
    Viythia Katharesan
    Stephanie Plummer
    Dr. Renée Turner

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Please refer to course timetable within MyUni
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Demonstrate an understanding of the functional anatomy of the nervous system in humans and other animals.
    2 Identify major neuroanatomical structures in wet specimens and images and describe their functional significance.
    3 Discuss the functional consequences of a lesion to a neuroanatomical structure/pathway or a haemorrhage in a particular blood vessel.
    4 Explain the natural defence mechanisms and protection of the human nervous system.
    5 Apply knowledge of the development and evolution of the nervous system to carry out intra- and inter-species nervous system comparisons.
    6 Describe the processes of injury, repair and plasticity in the nervous system.
    7 Analyse the role of anatomical dysfunction in the emergence and maintenance of major neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders.An ability to work in groups
    8 Display insight into current research issues and an ability to critically evaluate primary literature in the field of neuroscience.
    9 Develop skills necessary for a professional in the sciences including: working collaboratively, identifying research questions, conducting literature searches, writing research proposals, presenting research findings in oral and poster session formats.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 3, 5, 8, 9
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    8, 9
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    8, 9
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    8, 9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Required Texts

    1. Clinical Neuroanatomy, 7th edition, 2010 by Richard S. Snell, published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. ISBN: 978-0-7817-9427-5. 2. Lippincott’s Pocket Neuroanatomy, 2014 by Douglas J. Gould, published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. ISBN: 978-1-4511-7612-4.

    These texts are required for the course and may be purchased at the following outlets:

    UniBooks The University of Adelaide Adelaide SA 5005
    Phone: +61 8 8125 5160

    Ramsay – Medical books and more Located at UniBooks Adelaide Store Gate 10 (off Victoria Drive) Union Building Adelaide SA 5000
    Phone: +61 8 8125 5195 or 1300 796 106
    Fax: +61 8 8231 2069

    Recommended Resources
    Recommended Texts

    1. Basic Clinical Neuroscience, 3rd edition, 2015 by Young, Young and Tolbert, published by Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 978-1-45117-329-1.

    2. Neuroanatomy in Clinical Context: An Atlas of Structures, Sections, Systems and Syndromes, 9th edition, 2015 by Duane E. Haines, published by Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 978-1-4511-8625-3.

    3. The Human Brain: An Introduction to its Functional Anatomy, 6th edition, 2009 by John Nolte, published by Elsevier. ISBN: 978-0-323-04131-7

    4. Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases, 2nd edition, 2010 by Hal Blumenfeld, published by Sinauer Associates. ISBN: 978-0-87893-613-7.

    5. Principles of Neural Science, 5th edition, 2012 by Eric Kandel, published by McGraw Hill. ISBN: 978-0-07139-011-8.

    Note: You are not required to purchase recommended texts. I provide the above-listed texts merely as additional references and supplementary material. These are particularly useful if you choose to continue your study in neuroscience and neuroanatomy.
    Online Learning
    Online Neuroanatomy Resources

    There are a wide range of high quality neuroanatomy websites and atlases available online. A selection of such websites includes:

    Allen Brain Atlas:
    Neuroanatomy Atlas (Columbia):
    The Whole Brain Atlas (Harvard Med):
    The Human Brain Atlas (Michigan State):
    Scalable Brain Atlas:
    HyperBrain quizzes (U of Utah):
    Neuroanatomy Quiz (U of Minnesota):
    e-Learning Neuroanatomy (Universiteit Gent):
    Mock Practical Exam (U Illinois):
    Neuroanatomy Resources (Buffalo):
    Sheep Brain Atlas (Michigan State):
    Comparative Neuroanatomy (Harvard):
    Sheep Atlas (U of Scranton):
    Digital Anatomist Project:
    Acland’s Human Anatomy (Vol 4.): *
    *Available through the University of Adelaide Library website.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Course Components


    Lectures are held two times a week (Tuesdays at 10:10am and Wednesdays at 9:10am) for 50 minutes. Each lecture begins at 10 minutes past the hour and ends on the hour. Lectures are intended to be “value-added” sessions, rather than mere re-capitulations of textbook material. Therefore, you are expected to have done the reading prior to attending the lecture. This will give you the basis of understanding needed in order to get the most out of the lecture. While recorded lectures will be posted on the MyUni site following each session, the only way to participate in the in-class activities, which are designed to reinforce and clarify the content, is to attend class.

    Practical Sessions

    Practical sessions will be held for one hour either from 2pm-3pm or 3pm-4pm every Wednesday in the Ray Last Laboratory. During these sessions, you will engage in “traditional” dissecting room activities, including viewing/interpreting anatomical specimens/models and dissecting a sheep’s brain, under the guidance of a team of experienced demonstrators.

    Tutorial Sessions

    Tutorial sessions will be held from one hour either from 2pm-3pm or 3pm-4pm every Wednesday in the NUMICO seminar room (5th floor of Medical School South). During the tutorial sessions, you will engage in a variety of small-group activities and round-table discussions, designed to enhance your understanding of the topic.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements. As a 3 unit course, Functional Human Neuroanatomy III will require approximately 12 h of work per week, including lecture, practical and tutorial attendance, completion of assignments, preparation of the group project and private study. Since the assignments and the group presentation are each worth 10-15% of the overall assessment, it is expected that students will spend approximately 15-20 hours on each task.
    Learning Activities Summary

    Please refer to the course timetable within MyUni.

    Lectures are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. They will be held in: Room Sl27 (Medical School South), at 10:10am Tuesday and 9:10am Wednesday, Lectures will begin at 10 minutes after the hour and end on the hour.

    Practicals/tutorials are on Wednesdays from 2pm-4pm.They will be held in either: Ray Last Laboratory (Medical School South)- Practical, 2pm-3pm or 3pm-4pm S210 (Medical School South)- Tutorial, 2pm-3pm or 3pm-4pm

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    1 x online quiz Formative 0 1-7
    2 x online quizzes Summative 5% each = 10% 1-7
    Mid-semester test Summative 10% 1-7
    Group project
    "Neuroanatomy goes Hollywood"
    Summative 20% (5% project proposal, 10% seminar, 5% poster) 8, 9
    End of semester theory exam Summative 45% 1-7
    End of semester practical exam Summative 15% 1-7
    Assessment Detail

    Please refer to the course handbook within MyUni for further details regarding assessment.





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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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