HLTH SC 1001 - Essentials of Neuroscience
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code HLTH SC 1001 Course Essentials of Neuroscience Coordinating Unit Medicine Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week (3 hours lecture), 1 hour weekly tutorial Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Course Description This course is designed to introduce students to essential concepts in the field of neuroscience. The course will begin with a basic introduction to the brain and history of neuroscience. Later modules will explore the cellular composition of the nervous system, the process of neuronal communication, basic gross neuroanatomy, the neural basis of sensation and perception and the relationship between the brain and human behaviour. Each module consists of a lecture series, revision session and weekly tutorial session. Tutorials include small group activities and worksheets designed to reinforce key course concepts. In addition, the course will feature 'research spotlight' sessions, which are designed to introduce students to neuroscience research currently being conducted at the University of Adelaide.
Course Coordinator: Dr Elysia Sokolenko
Associate Professor Renee Turner
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Describe the cellular composition of the nervous system and the process of communication between these cells. 2 Demonstrate a basic understanding of the functional anatomy of the nervous system. 3 Explain the neural basis of sensation and perception. 4 Apply knowledge of the functional anatomy of the nervous system to the analysis of human behaviour. 5 Discuss the process of development and change in the nervous system. 6 Display insight into current research issues and the ability to critically evaluate articles drawn from the literature in the field of neuroscience. 7 Demonstrate an ability to work together with classmates during large tutorials in order to apply course knowledge to the completion of a variety of activities.
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)
1-7 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
4-7 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
7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
6, 7 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
N/A 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
Required ResourcesRequired Textbook: Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain, 4th Ed. Bear, Connors and Paradiso, Wolters Kluwer.
Recommended ResourcesSupplementary Textbooks:
1. Neuroscience, 5th Ed. Purves, Sinauer & Associates.
2. The Human Brain Coloring Book, 1st Ed. Diamond and Scheibel, Collins Reference.
3. Lippincott’s Pocket Neuroanatomy. Gould, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.
Neuroanatomy Web Links:
Allen Brain Atlas: http://www.brain-map.org/
The Whole Brain Atlas
(Harvard Med): http://www.med.harvard.edu/aanlib/home.html
The Human Brain Atlas
(Michigan State): https://www.msu.edu/~brains/brains/human/index.html
Scalable Brain Atlas: http://scalablebrainatlas.incf.org/main/index.php?
HyperBrain quizzes (U of
Neuroanatomy Quiz (U of
(Universiteit Gent): http://www.neuroanatomy.ugent.be/
Online LearningThis course will use MyUni as a major component. All lecture notes, tutorial activities and lecture recordings will be posted on
MyUni. Announcements and weekly student update emails will be sent via the site. The quizzes at the end of each module will be administered online via MyUni. Finally, a MyUni discussion board to encourage communication with both instructors and other students will be established.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course is divided into six modules:
(1) Introduction to neuroscience
(2) Cellular Neuroscience
(3) Communication in the Nervous System
(4) Gross Neuroanatomy
(5) Sensation and Movement
(6) Brain and Behaviour
In addition, the course will feature special seminars on current neuroscience research going on at the University of Adelaide. We believe that this approach will strengthen students’ understanding of the content by challenging them to apply this knowledge to research material.
This will be further enhanced through the incorporation of weekly large group tutorials. Within these large group tutorials, students will work within smaller groups of 5-6 students to complete a variety of activities and worksheets designed to reinforce and expand upon course material.
Each module will close with an online quiz, designed both to test students’ understanding of the content and to reveal to them what information may need further revision. This assessment after each module will encourage students to keep up with the material throughout the course, rather than saving their revision for the mid-semester and final exams.
In addition, students will complete three "literature review" assignments, designed to test their ability to comprehend and critically evaluate articles drawn from the primary scientific literature.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Contact & Non-contact Hours (semester)
Type Number of sessions Duration of each
Total hours Lectures 25 1 25 Tutorials 10 1 10 Online quizzes 5 2 10 Literature review assisngment 3 2 6 Mid-semester exam 1 1 1 End-of-semester exam 1 2 2 Weekly reading, revision and other study 66 1 66 120
Learning Activities Summary
1. Module 1: Introduction to Neuroscience: lecture series and tutorial (Tutorial 1)
2. Module 2: Cellular Neuroscience: lecture series and tutorials (Tutorial 2); summative online quiz and critical analysis assignment at the end of the module.
3. Module 3: Neuronal Communication: lecture series and tutorials (Tutorial 3 and 4); summative online quiz at the end of the module.
4. Module 4: Gross Neuroanatomy: lecture series and tutorial (Tutorial 5); summative online quiz and critical analysis assignment at the end of the module.
5. Mid-semester examination: The mid-semester examination will consist of questions designed to test stufent understanding of Weeks 1-6 of the course material.
5. Module 5: Sensation and Movement: lecture series and tutorials (Tutorials 6-8); summative online quiz at the end of the module.
6. Module 6: Brain and Behaviour: lecture series and tutorials (Tutorials 9 and 10); summative online quiz and critical analysis assignment at the end of the module.
7. End of semester exam: The end of semester exam will consist of questions designed to test student understanding of the course material from Weeks 7-12.
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Assessment task Assessment type Weighting Hurdle
Learning course objective(s)
Tutorial groups exercises x 10 Summative 10% No 1-7 Quizzes x 5 Summative 25% No 1-5 "Critical Review of the Literature" assignment x 3 Summative 15% No 6 Mid-semester exam Summative 20% No 1-5 End of semester exam Summative 30% No 1-5
Assessment DetailTutorial Exercises: Prior to attending each tutorial, students will complete a series of pre-tutorial questions that will form the basis of the
discussion for that week and serve as an introduction to that week’s tutorial exercise. Students will receive a mark based on the completion of these questions, as well as their participation in the tutorial session itself. Each of the 10 tutorials will be worth 1% of their total course mark, for a total of 10% of their final mark
Quizzes: Following completion of each module, students will take a multiple-choice quiz designed to test understanding of the content of
that module. Quizzes will be delivered online via MyUni. Student will receive a mark for each of the 5 quizzes, with each worth 5% of their total course mark, for a total of 25% of their final mark.
“Critical Analysis of the Literature” assignments: Students will be presented with a key paper from the neuroscience literature related to content from the corresponding module. Students will be asked to read the paper and to answer a series of questions designed to test their ability to understand and evaluate the literature. There will be three papers available throughout the semester, with each worth 5% of
their total course mark, for a total of 15% of their final mark.
Mid-semester exam: The mid-semester exam will be worth 20% of the final course mark and will cover content from Weeks 1-6 of the semester. It will be composed of a series of MCQ and short answer questions. It will be delivered online via MyUni.
End-of-semester exam: The final exam will be worth 30% of the final course mark and will cover content from Weeks 7-12 of the semester. It will be composed of a series of MCQ and short answer questions. It will be delivered either online via MyUni or at Wayville, depending on regulations.
Quizzes will be completed in Canvas on line and must be completed within the set time limits.
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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
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