bio3bmb brain, mind and behaviour




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will explore contemporary neurophysiology, with the emphasis on the process of experimental discovery. The subject will cover functional anatomy of the brain and neural imaging, synaptic integration, computational characteristics of neuronal circuits, information processing in the visual system, and higher functions such as sleep, learning, memory and movement control. The practical component aims to complement the theory and consolidate experimental skills. Class discussion on current topics and controversies in neuroscience will be delivered from a multidisciplinary perspective.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorChristine Kettle

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHA2PGA


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPrinciples of Neural ScienceRecommendedKandel, ER, Schwartz, JH and Jessell TM 20004TH ED, MCGRAW HILL

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain the role of neurotransmitter systems in the operation of the central nervous system and describe how neural activity may explain behaviour

Taught in lectures, applied during tutorials, and assessed in exam

02. Articulate the scientific and experimental nature of physiology

Explained in lectures, applied in pracs, and assessed in exam and prac interview

03. Demonstrate basic dexterity with a range of instrumentation and experimental techniques

Applied during pracs and assessed in prac interview

04. Evaluate experimental design and interpret data, and constructively criticise own and others' results

Discussed during tutorials, applied in pracs, and assessed in article presentations and prac interview

05. Present a balanced position between the reductionist's view and a holistic context

Explained in lectures, discussed during tutorials, and assessed in article presentations

06. Relate neurobiology to disciplines other than physiology, such as artificial intelligence, psychology and ethology

Taught in lectures, exercised during pracs, assessed in exam

07. Express and promote ethical awareness

Demonstrated during pracs and article presentations, assessed during prac interview

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorChristine Kettle

Class requirements

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory ClassWeek: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Book chapter (1000 words per author)2001, 02, 04, 05, 06, 07
End of semester written exam (2 hours)4001, 02, 04, 05, 06, 07
Group presentation (40 mins) (250 word equiv per student)2001, 03, 04, 07
Chapter review (500words)1001, 02, 06, 07
Chapter summary and questions (500 words)1001, 02, 06