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PHSL472 Neurophysiology

A seminar series exploring research frontiers in neurophysiology through the study of contemporary papers from the scientific literature in each topic area.

This paper focuses on the physiology of the nervous system at the cellular, molecular and systems levels.

Paper title Neurophysiology
Paper code PHSL472
Subject Physiology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,748.85
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Students accepted into the BSc(Hons), PGDipSc or MSc programmes in Physiology.
400-level students in other programmes may be eligible; please contact the Course Convener.

Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission.
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Teaching staff

Course Convener: Professor Colin Brown
Note: The teaching staff list will be updated. See the 'more information' link above for details.

Paper Structure

The paper will be taught over eight weeks (typically in the first semester), including four modules, each consisting of two 3-hour interactive seminar sessions. See the 'more information' link above for details about lecture topics.

Assessment: Final examination comprises 100% of the final grade; the format is 'open book', writing three in-depth essays, either by hand or on a computer.


Readings consist of original research articles.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  • Acquire deep knowledge and understanding of the physiology of the nervous system in the context of recent research
  • Develop high intellectual appreciation of the value of research to generating new knowledge, including critical evaluation, interpretation, deductive reasoning and rigour
  • Develop oral and written scientific communication skills

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 10:00-12:50 14
Friday 10:00-12:50 9-13, 16-17


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 10:00-12:50 18