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)|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,059.15|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,914.00|
- PHSL 231
- Schedule C
- 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.
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- Teaching staff
One other lecturer will contribute to the paper, to be confirmed.
- Paper Structure
26 lectures and 12 laboratory sessions explore the physiology of the mammalian central nervous system, integrating across levels from the molecular to the behavioural. Topics covered may vary, but will include:
- Neuroendocrine control of body weight and its potential disruption by jet lag
- Neural control of reproduction and fertillity
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).
- Original journal articles.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical
thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- 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
- Developed skill in science communication through written and oral communication tasks