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NEUR303 Neuroendocrinology

In-depth studies of selected topics in neuroendocrinology.

The paper is separated into four modules taught by four neuroendocrinologists. The topics of the modules and the neuroendocrinologists teaching the modules may change from time to time, though it exposes students to topics in neuroendocrinology that are not available in other papers offered by the University.

Paper title Neuroendocrinology
Paper code NEUR303
Subject Neuroscience
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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ANAT 242 and PHSL 231
Schedule C
May not be credited together with NEUR302 passed in 2017 or 2018.

One of ten 300-level papers that can count towards the major subject requirements for the Neuroscience major. Available as an optional paper for non-Neuroscience students.


Course convenor: Professor Dave Grattan
Neuroscience Programme Administrator

Teaching staff

Convenor: Professor Dave Grattan
Lecturers: Dr Jenny Clarkson
Dr Rosie Brown
Associate Professor Stephen Bunn

Note: Teaching staff is subject to change. Check department website for updates.

Paper Structure
  • Module 1: Behavioural Neuroendocrinology
  • Module 2: Neuroendocrine regulation of body weight
  • Module 3: Prolactin; a pleiotropic hormone
  • Module 4: Sexual differentiation of the brain
Teaching Arrangements

Each of the four modules will be taught over six 2-hour lecture/tutorial sessions over a three-week period.


Readings consist of current research articles.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  1. Understand the complex interrelationship between hypothalamic neural circuits, the pituitary gland and endocrine organs in the body
  2. Gain an understanding of how to structure and conduct hypothesis-based neuroendocrine research
  3. Communicate and explain complex scientific concepts in a clear and logical format
  4. Be able to critically analyse the rationale, research methods and results from neuroendocrine journal articles

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 16:00-17:50 9-14, 16-22
Thursday 16:00-17:50 9-14, 16-22