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    An in-depth study of selected topics in neuroscience. Topics reflect current research interest of neuroscientists in the department. This course aims to expand knowledge of selected areas in neurobiology, while developing skills appropriate for scientific research. The selected topics focus on a specific research area in neurobiology, and have recently included:

    • Local protein synthesis at synapses: implications for neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.
    • Activity-related cytoskeletal protein: Discovery to function.
    • The role of agmatine in maintaining healthy aging.

    About this paper

    Paper title Neurobiology
    Subject Anatomy
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,797.86
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.

    Anatomy Office
    Room 231, 2nd Floor
    Lindo Ferguson Building (LFB)
    Tel 479 7362

    Teaching staff

    2024 teaching staff to be confirmed. Please contact the Department for more information.

    Paper Structure

    ANAT 454 usually comprises three modules, each focusing on a specific research area in neurobiology and taught in interactive tutorial sessions.

    This paper is fully internally assessed. There will be assessments associated with each module, which combined will total 60%. This is followed by an end of semester assessment in which students will prepare a research proposal (40%).

    Teaching Arrangements
    All teaching is undertaken on campus.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, 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 extract key information from a scientific paper and concisely summarise it
    • Have enhanced knowledge of experimental procedures relevant to the research topic
    • Have experience in compiling information and formatting a research proposal
    • Have experience in scientific communication


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Thursday 09:00-10:50 9, 20
    Thursday 09:00-11:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-19
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