BIOL 2040


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course

Course owner

Course owner
UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences

Course aim

To develop the foundation knowledge of human neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and pathology that will enable students to understand the neurological dimensions of development, ill health and disorders across the lifespan.

Course content

Gross anatomy of peripheral and central nervous structures including spinal cord and spinal cord pathways, cranial and spinal nerves, brain regions and nerve pathways for body movement, cognitive function and autonomic nervous system. Functional topography of the human brain and sensory nerve pathways that bring signals of sensation (including vision). Mechanisms of pain and analgesia, movement and postural control, vision, learning and memory, behaviour and emotion. Basic neurophysiology of neurons and communication. Central and peripheral nerve regeneration and neuroplasticity. Pathophysiology of effects of focal and generalised lesions of the CNS and disorders of the nervous system, including visual, cerebrovascular, dementia, disorders of movement and postural control, epilepsy, and some development disorders.




Common to all relevant programs
Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
BIOL 1051 Physiology Essentials 100
BIOL 1007 Biology A

Students need to have completed Biology A or Physiology Essentials 100 to enrol in Human Neuroscience (completion of both prerequisite courses is not required).



Teaching method

Component Duration
Lecture 3 hours x 13 weeks
Workshop 2 hours x 2 weeks
Tutorial 2 hours x 11 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Summary, Test/Quiz


EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 2)
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Course Coordinators

UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences

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