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    An in-depth study of selected topics in neuroscience.

    In ANAT 336 students carry out in-depth research into topics of particular interest to members of our department. The course starts with a discussion of the particular advantages and responsibilities of carrying out research in Aotearoa-New Zealand. Next, in small groups, students are introduced to the research topic and given appropriate training and resources to independently explore the relevant literature. Students are expected to read and summarise articles prior to their next scheduled meetings and may be asked to present their summaries to the class and to participate in interactive group discussions. Within the sessions the 'next steps' in the research will be explored, including discussion of particular relevant methodologies and the importance of the research to Māori. Assessment is via writing of annotated bibliographies, essays and a final exam.

    About this paper

    Paper title Selected Topics in Neurobiology 1
    Subject Anatomy
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    ANAT 242
    Schedule C
    Normally for Neuroscience students only; may be taken by other students, in exceptional circumstances, with approval from the Head of Department.

    This paper is for students enrolled in BSc (Neuroscience) and BASc (Neuroscience) degrees. Students may enrol in both ANAT 336 (Selected Topics in Neurobiology 1) and ANAT 337 (Selected Topics in Neurobiology 2) in 2023.


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    Teaching staff

    In 2023 the contributors were Dr. Laura Gumy, Dr. Robert Munn, Professor Ping Liu and Associate Professor Joanna Williams. Please contact the Department for more information.

    Paper Structure

    Themes will differ for each offering, depending on the teaching staff and their research interests. Some recent themes are: 'Pre-term birth: neuropathological consequences’, Arginine Metabolism and Alzheimer’s Disease and Therapeutic potential of sAPPα in Alzheimer’s disease.

    Teaching Arrangements
    All teaching is undertaken on campus.
    Text books are not required for this paper.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Have an in-depth knowledge of selected areas of research interest
    • Be able to critically analyse the scientific literature
    • Have enhanced knowledge of experimental procedures relevant to the research topic
    • Have experience in compiling information and formatting a research essay


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system

    Computer Lab

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 10
    A2 Friday 10:00-11:50 10


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 9, 22
    AND one stream from
    B1 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 11-13, 15-21
    B2 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 11-13, 15-21
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