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PHSL342 Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neurophysiology (II)

Current research in neurophysiology at the molecular, cellular and systems levels. Themes may vary from year to year and are distinct from those in PHSL 341.

This paper is for those who are curious about the way in which the essential elements of the nervous system work. Based on current biomedical research from leading researchers, the paper provides a theoretical and experimental basis to understand how the hypothalamus controls bodyweight and glucose homeostasis, fertility and pregnancy.

Paper title Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neurophysiology (II)
Paper code PHSL342
Subject Physiology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,500.00

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Prerequisite
PHSL 231
Schedule C
Science
Textbooks
Original journal articles.
Eligibility
One of five 300-level papers for Physiology majors.
Optional paper for Functional Human Biology, Infection and Immunity, Reproduction, Genetics and Development and Neuroscience majors.
Contact
alexander.tups@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Convener: Dr Alex Tups
Lecturers: Professor Colin Brown and Dr Rebecca Campbell
Paper Structure
26 lectures and 10 laboratory sessions explore the physiology of the mammalian central nervous system, integrating across levels from the molecular to the behavioural. Topics covered will be:
  • Neuroendocrine control of body weight and its potential disruption by jet lag
  • Activity of oxytocin and vasopressin neurons that control reproductive function
  • Neural sensory processing using olfaction as a model system sensory transduction, encoding, and processing
In the laboratory course you will conceive, design, perform, interpret and present your own experiment in a guided process over the entire semester.

Assessment consists of internal assessment (a written research proposal, a written research report and an oral or poster presentation of laboratory class work) and a 3-hour, essay-style final exam. A mark of at least 45% in the final exam must be attained to pass the paper as a whole.

For further detail please refer to the undergraduate handbooks BSc PHSL or BBiomedSc FUHB, available to download.
Teaching Arrangements
You will attend two lectures each week and two 4-hour laboratory sessions every second week (alternating with PHSL 341).
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Acquired extensive knowledge of the physiology of neural systems
  • Developed a meaningful appreciation of the research process through design, experimentation, analysis and presentation of own experiment

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-15, 17-22
Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-15, 17-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 12, 14, 19, 21
Wednesday 14:00-17:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21

Current research in neurophysiology at the molecular, cellular and systems levels. Themes may vary from year to year and are distinct from those in PHSL 341.

This paper is for those who are curious about the way in which the essential elements of the nervous system work. Based on current biomedical research from leading researchers, the paper provides a theoretical and experimental basis to understand how the hypothalamus controls bodyweight and glucose homeostasis, fertility and pregnancy.

Paper title Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neurophysiology (II)
Paper code PHSL342
Subject Physiology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

^ Top of page

Prerequisite
PHSL 231
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
One of five 300-level papers for Physiology majors.
Optional paper for Functional Human Biology, Infection and Immunity, Reproduction, Genetics and Development and Neuroscience majors.
Contact
alexander.tups@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Convener: Dr Alex Tups
Lecturers: Professor Colin Brown and Dr Rebecca Campbell
Paper Structure
26 lectures and 10 laboratory sessions explore the physiology of the mammalian central nervous system, integrating across levels from the molecular to the behavioural. Topics covered will be:
  • Neuroendocrine control of body weight and its potential disruption by jet lag
  • Activity of oxytocin and vasopressin neurons that control reproductive function
  • Neural sensory processing using olfaction as a model system sensory transduction, encoding, and processing
In the laboratory course you will conceive, design, perform, interpret and present your own experiment in a guided process over the entire semester.

Assessment consists of internal assessment (a written research proposal, a written research report and an oral or poster presentation of laboratory class work) and a 3-hour, essay-style final exam. A mark of at least 45% in the final exam must be attained to pass the paper as a whole.

For further detail please refer to the undergraduate handbooks BSc PHSL or BBiomedSc FUHB, available to download.
Teaching Arrangements
You will attend two lectures each week and two 4-hour laboratory sessions every second week (alternating with PHSL 341).
Textbooks
Original journal articles.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Acquired extensive knowledge of the physiology of neural systems
  • Developed a meaningful appreciation of the research process through design, experimentation, analysis and presentation of own experiment

^ Top of page

Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
Wednesday 14:00-17:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21