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ANAT242 Neurobiology

The structural and functional organisation of the nervous system at cellular, tissue, system and integrative levels.

Studies undertaken during ANAT 242 will provide a sound foundation for 300-level Neuroscience studies in this and other Departments. ANAT 242 will be delivered as three major modules directed at three distinct levels: anatomical structure, cellular organisation and molecular events. The former will provide a reasonably detailed and systematic overview of the anatomical organisation of the brain, peripheral nervous system and their related structures. This part of the paper will make major use of laboratory teaching.

The second module concerning the cellular organisation of the nervous system will consider the specialised structure of a variety of cells which make up the nervous system. The final module will look within neurons to begin to describe the molecular events which underlie the working of the brain.

In addition to these three major modules you will also be provided with a series of lectures designed to consider the social and ethical ramifications of our increased knowledge of the human nervous system and the implications for medical intervention and manipulation.

Paper title Neurobiology
Paper code ANAT242
Subject Anatomy
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,314.50

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CELS 191 and CHEM 191 and HUBS 191 and 36 further points
Schedule C
For BSc students taking Neuroscience as their major subject, PHSI191 may be substituted for CHEM191 as a prerequisite.

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

Teaching staff

2021 teaching staff to be confirmed. Please contact the Department for more information.

Paper Structure

Module 1: Neuroanatomy-Anatomical Structure and Function
Module 2: Neuroanatomy - Systems and Ethics
Module 3: Molecular Neurobiology
Module 4: Cellular Organisation​ of the Nervous System 

Teaching Arrangements
All teaching is undertaken on campus.

Mark F Bear, Barry W Connors and Michael A Paradiso 'Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain' (4th ed.; Wolters, Kluwer, 2016)

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Knowledge of, and the ability to identify, the major anatomical features of the central and peripheral nervous system
  • A clear understanding of structural and functional relationships between these features
  • A familiarity with some of the major diseases of the nervous system and the ability to relate their clinical presentation to the underlying anatomical and structural organisation
  • A knowledge of the cellular organisation of the nervous system and how cellular interactions give rise to dynamic neuronal activity
  • A well developed understanding of the morphology and intracellular organisation of specific cell types in neuronal tissue
  • An appreciation of the chemical composition and molecular organisation of neuronal tissue
  • A detailed knowledge of the molecular events underlying the process of neurotransmission
  • Able to demonstrate a familiarity with how our knowledge of the nervous system has been gained and the ability to engage in critical analysis of experimental observations and data
  • Able to demonstrate an awareness of, and sensitivity to, the social and ethical context of neuroscience
  • Able to demonstrate the close relationship between scientific advance and ethical considerations

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
B1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
C1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Monday 16:00-17:50 28-34, 36-41
A3 Monday 18:00-19:50 28-34, 36-41
A4 Tuesday 08:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41