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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will begin by examining the physiological basis of the electrical and motor activity of neuronal and muscle cells of animals and examine the classical experimental approaches used to study excitability of neurons and muscle so that one can understand the physiological basis of how muscles work in the way they do to produce complex movements. An examination of disorders of motor control will lead you into the quiescent brain and the study of sleep. Sleep is a prominent behaviour and neurophysiological state in the lives of animals. We will use an integrative approach to sleep that explores the evolutionary history of sleep and sleep states, neurophysiological correlates of sleep behaviour, sleep homeostasis, and ecological factors that influence how, where and when animals sleep, among other topics.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Lesku

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites ZOO2AP or HBS2PTA or HBS2PTB or PSY1BNA or PSY1BNB


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPrinciples of Neuroscience 5th edRecommendedEric R. Kandel, James H. Schwartz, Thomas M. Jessell, Steven A. Siegelbaum, J. Hudspeth, 2012McGraw-Hill
ReadingsPricinples and Practice of Sleep Medicine 5th edRecommendedMeir H. Kryger & Thomas Roth & William C. Dement, 2011Elsevier

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Write scientific reports on selected laboratory experiments that clearly demonstrate an understanding of the experiment and its results in a concise and informative manner.

Scientific reports

02. Critically analyse scientific literature and ideas and demonstrate this ability through a written literature review and answers to online quizzes.

Literature review, online quizzes.

03. Demonstrate an understanding of key physiological principals underpinning the control of movement and sleep processes in animals through written text in laboratory reports and exam answers.

Lecture material, online quizzes, laboratory reports, exam

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size100

Enrolment information Quota due to limited equipment and staff. Enrolments accepted until quota is reached.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Lesku

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
Three 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 4.0 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*
Two take home written examination (1,000-words each, 2,000-words total)There will be a mid-semester and end-of-semester take home exam. The exams will consist of both short and long answer questions relevant to the material covered in lectures4003
Two Laboratory classes reports (1,000-words equivalent total)Of the 6 laboratory classes, students will be able to choose 2 for which to write a scientific report.3001, 03
One team literature review (1,000-words)Students work in pairs to review a scientific paper or concept. Equivalent 500 words/student2002
Two online quizzes (500-words equivalent total)Two online quizzes each worth 5% covering the two major topics delivered: movement and sleep.1002, 03