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ZOOL412 Neurobiology and Behaviour

Examination of neural basis of perception and behaviour in animals. Advantages and limitations of a simple systems approach for studying brain function.

There are remarkable similarities in nervous system structure and function between animals as different as fruit flies (Drosophila) and humans. This pattern of diversity superimposed upon common underlying themes provides fascinating opportunities to explore and test ideas about brain function. Do fruit flies get Alzheimers's disease? Do sharks have episodic memory? This paper focuses on some of the exciting advances that have been made in recent years using animal model systems to explain how brains work.

Paper title Neurobiology and Behaviour
Paper code ZOOL412
Subject Zoology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,282.09
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,357.07

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Teaching staff
Associate Professor Michael Paulin
Professor Alison Mercer
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Neurobiology and Behaviour students will have a deep understanding of neural systems and how they work
  • They will be aware of the multidisciplinary approaches currently being used to explore animal behaviour and its underlying mechanisms
  • They will have an appreciation of current issues in neurobiology and an understanding of the questions that remain unresolved
  • They will be able to apply critical thinking, scientific rigour and a systematic approach to biological problems, particularly, but not solely, in the area of animal behaviour and its neural basis

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Friday 09:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41