ANAT SC 3103 - Functional Human Neuroanatomy

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

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
    Incompatible ANAT SC 2006
    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. Frances Corrigan
    A/Prof Ian Johnson
    A/Prof 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 function 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.
    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)
  • 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.

    Recommended Resources
    Recommended Texts

    1. 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.

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

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

    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

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

    1. Allen Brain Atlas:

    2. Neuroanatomy Atlas (Columbia):

    3. The Whole Brain Atlas (Harvard Med):

    4. The Human Brain Atlas (Michigan State):

    5. Scalable Brain Atlas:

    6. HyperBrain quizzes (U of Utah):

    7. Neuroanatomy Quiz (U of Minnesota):

    8. e-Learning Neuroanatomy (Universiteit Gent):

    9. Mock Practical Exam (U Illinois):

    10. Neuroanatomy Resources (Buffalo):

    11. Sheep Brain Atlas (Michigan State):

    12. Comparative Neuroanatomy (Harvard):

    13. Sheep Atlas (U of Scranton):

    14. Digital Anatomist Project:

    15. 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 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 weekly for one hour 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 weekly for one hour. 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.
    Learning Activities Summary

    Please refer to the course timetable within MyUni.

    Specific Course Requirements
    Please refer to the course manual on MyUni for more information on specific course requirements.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Group Project Details: Neuroanatomy Goes Hollywood

    Depictions of individuals suffering from neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases abound in television and film. In this assignment, you will work together with a small group to: (1) identify one example of such a character, (2) to “diagnose” the character and (3) to explore the neuroanatomical basis of his/her disease.

    Note: The character that you choose can be taken from any television program or film, can exhibit any neurological/neuropsychiatric disease, and can either be definitively diagnosed with the disease (i.e. it is stated in the film that the character has the disease)
    or can be “diagnosed” with the disease by your group, based on symptoms or behaviours exhibited by the character.

    Some examples of potential topics might include: Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, autism, borderline personality disorder, stroke, motor neurone disease (ALS), depression, etc.

    Students will select groups at the end of the first lecture session on Tuesday March 3rd 2015 at 9:10am in room S127 of Medical School South. If you are unable to attend the lecture session, please email the course coordinator ( and you will be added to an existing group.

    The assignment will be broken into 3 parts:
    1. Group Project Proposal (5%; Due Friday 10th April 2015)
    2. Seminar Presentation (10%; Due either Wednesday May 27 or June 3)
    2. Poster Presentation (5%; Due either Wednesday May 27 or June 3)

    Further details about the group assignment can be found on the MyUni website.

  • 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
    Mini-Exam 1 Formative 0%
    Mini Exams 2 & 3 Summative 5% each (total 10%)
    Mid-semester exam Summative 10%
    Small group project proposal Summative 5%
    Small group poster Summative 5%
    Small group seminar Summative 10%
    End of semester theory exam Summative 50%
    End of semester practical exam Summative 15%
    Assessment Detail

    The assessment breakdown is as follows:

    Assessment 1: Mini Exam 1

    Due date: Friday 27th March 2015

    Weighting: 0% (Formative)

    Description: 10 MCQs to test content from weeks 1-3 only. Mini Exam 1 is located on MyUni site.

    Assessment 2: Mini Exams 2 & 3

    Due date: Friday 17th April and 29th May 2015

    Weighting: 5% each (total 10%)

    Description: 10 MCQs to test content from previous weeks:

    Mini test #2: Content from weeks 4-6 only.
    Mini-Test #3: Content from weeks 8-10 only.

    Mini exams 2 and 3 are located onthe MyUni site.

    Note:  Mini test #2 is due during mid-semesterbreak. Please plan to complete the assessment early, if you will not be able
    to complete it during the break.

    Assessment 3: Mid-Semester Exam

    Due date: Friday 8th May 2015

    Weighting: 10%

    Description: This test will examine lecture material from weeks 1-7. You will have 50mins to complete the test.
    The format of the test is as follows:

    -20 multiple choice questions (MCQs)
    -20 short answer questions, based on neuroanatomical images. These may include identifying structures, explaining the function(s) of particular structures or labelling diagrams.
    The exam will be held in lecture hall G03 of the Napier Building from 10:10am-11:00am.

    Assessment 4: Group Project: “Neuroanatomy Goes Hollywood”

    Due date:
    Project Proposal: Friday 10th April 2015
    Presentation/Poster: Wed 27th May OR 3rd June 2015

    Weighting:5% project proposal, 10% seminar presentation, 5% poster (20% total)

    Description: This assignment will examine your ability to work together with a group to identify a depiction of a neurological or neuropsychiatric disorder in TV or film. Using that character as a case study, your group will research the neuroanatomical basis of that disease/disorder and prepare a seminar and poster to present the case study to the rest of the class. All members of the group receive will the same mark. More details on the group project can be found under the subheading “Group Project Details: Neuroanatomy Goes Hollywood” in this manual.

    Assessment 5: End of Semester Theory Exam

    Due date: On a day between Saturday 20 June and Saturday 4 July 2015.  Exact date and time to be specified. Please refer to:
    Weighting: 50%

    Description: The written examination is aimed at ascertaining each student’s grasp of the principles and core course content presented during this module and will be held during the university’s official examination period.
    The format of the comprehensive exam will be as follows:
    -       20 multiple choice questions (MCQs), worth 1 mark each (Estimated time: 30 minutes)
    -       10 short-answer questions, worth 4 marks each (Estimated time: 4 minutes/question x 10 questions = 40 minutes)
    -       One essay-type question, worth 40 marks, designed to test your ability to integrate lecture information and literature readings. A list of three potential questions will be provided, of which you will choose one. (Estimated time: 40 minutes)
    Total marks available = 100
    The time allocated will be 120 mins, plus 10 mins of reading time, but many students should be able to complete it in less than this; the additional time is provided to enable planning and review of answers. 
    Copies of past exams will be posted in the “Past Theory Exams” folder in the “Assessments” folder on MyUni.
    Note: Past exams are in a different format and did not include MCQs. While they are a good guide for short answer and essay
    questions, please refer to the Mini-Exams for examples of MCQ questions.
    If you require Alternate Exam Arrangements (AEA), please see information about application due dates here:

    Assessment 6: End of Semester Practical Exam

    Due date: On a day between Saturday 20 June and Saturday 4 July 2015.  Exact date and time to be announced on MyUni.
    Weighting: 15%
    Description: The practical examination is designed to determine your ability to identify major neuroanatomical structures and their function.
    There will be 20 stations set up, each of which will contain a wet specimen or model and an image. Students will be given 2 minutes per station, for a total of 40 minutes.
    Copies of past exams will be posted in the “Past Practical Exams” folder in the “Assessments” folder on MyUni.

    Details will be made available on MyUni.
    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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