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Undergraduate Neuroscience Topics


A great gateway for Flinders' undergraduate students to learn about neuroscience, is through topics offered as part of the Bachelor of Medical Science course.

There are several topics, co-ordinated by CNS Members, which give everything from a short summary, to an indepth analysis, on the the current knowledge of neuroscience.

Each topic is worth 4.5 units and is offered in either the first, second or third year of the BMSc degree (in line with their level of academic difficulty). Some of the topics are so popular they have been incorporated, and made core topics, in other courses.


1st Year Topics

    • MMED1005 - How Your Body Works: Human Physiology and Structure

2nd Year Topics

    • MMED2931 - Human Physiology
    • MMED2932 - Integrative Human Physiology
    • MMED2933 - Fundamental Neuroscience

3rd Year Topics

    • MMED3930 - Sensory Motor Systems
    • MMED3931 - Advanced Neuroscience
    • MMED3932 - Body Systems
    • MMED3933 - Biochemistry of Human Disease


The continuing success of these topics has contributed to our growing student network and is the driving force behind our yearly Placement and Honours intakes. They are so popular, enrollments can exceed 300 students a year in some topics, eg. MMED1005 had 370 enrollments in 2016 and MMED2931 had 350!


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MMED1005 - How Your Body Works: Human Physiology and Structure
Co-ordinated by Dr Elke Sokoya

Outline: Each week, a specific part of the human body is explored to develop an understanding of basic structure and function.
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MMED2931 - Human Physiology
Co-ordinated by Prof Nick Spencer

Outline: This topic provides a knowledge of the function of the organ systems of the human body, the control mechanisms regulating these organ systems and how their functions are integrated.
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MMED2932 - Integrative Human Physiology
Co-ordinated by Assoc Prof Vlad Zagorodnyuk

Outline: This topic builds on the foundations of Human Physiology. It takes a more quantitative approach, emphasising homeostasis, and the integration between the different body systems.
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MMED2933 - Fundamental Neuroscience
Co-ordinated by Dr Hakan Muyderman

Outline: This topic provides students with an understanding of the cellular and molecular basis of nervous system function. It explores the properties of neurons and other cells in the nervous system that are essential for normal neurotransmission.
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MMED3930 - Sensory Motor Systems
Co-ordinated by Assoc Prof Vlad Zagorodnyuk

Outline: This topic covers the structure and function of the nervous system involved in sensory and motor control. It appeals to those students interested in the biological basis of how the brain works.
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MMED3931 - Advanced Neuroscience
Co-ordinated by Prof Marcello Costa

Outline: This topic involves neuroscientists and students exploring specific areas of research in neuroscience, enabling students to be exposed to recent advances. It also explores the basis of sensations, the deep mechanisms of emotions and the development and responses of the nervous system.
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MMED3932 - Body Systems
Co-ordinated by Assoc Prof Janni Petersen

Outline: This topic presents a functional approach to the structure of the human musculoskeletal system and the control of movement. The syllabus includes anatomy of human bones, joints, ligaments and muscles together with neuroanatomy related to the control of posture and movement.
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MMED3933 - Biochemistry of Human Disease
Co-ordinated by Assoc Prof Briony Forbes

Outline: This topic builds on the foundations of metabolic biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology. It takes a disease-orientated approach, emphasising the application of biochemical and molecular biological knowledge to diseases.
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Nothing beats Neuroscience!




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