Physiotherapy: PHTY209 Neuroscience for Physiotherapy
Occupational Therapy: OTHY200 Neuroscience, Neurodevelopment
Speech Pathology: SPHY200 Neuroscience Speech Pathology
Unit rationale, description and aim
Allied Health professionals require knowledge of neuroscience to understand typical human functioning, nervous system dysfunction and neural recovery. This provides a platform for client-centred interprofessional practice. In this unit, students will study the structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Students will use this knowledge to understand the impact of neurological dysfunction and the subsequent effects of neuroplasticity for individuals with neurological conditions. The aim of this unit is to enable students to develop a solid foundation in neuroscience knowledge applied to discipline specific and interprofessional practice.
|Learning Outcome Number||Learning Outcome Description|
|LO1||Describe in detail the structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems.|
|LO2||Apply knowledge of neuroscience to explain the clinical presentation of nervous system dysfunction.|
|LO3||Apply principles of neuroscience to the assessment and management of individuals with neurological conditions.|
|LO4||Recognise and respect the roles of the interprofessional team in relation to individuals with neurological conditions.|
Topics will include typical and atypical structure and function:
Central and peripheral nervous system
- Brain structure and function
- Brainstem and cranial nerve structure and function
- Spinal cord structure and function
- Vascular supply of the brain
- Autonomic nervous system
- Development of the brain and spinal cord
- Medical imaging
- Motor learning and control
- Primary and secondary motor pathways
- Basal ganglia
- Language and speech
- Memory, emotion and motivation
Functional impact of nervous system dysfunction and interprofessional assessment and management of disorders such as:
- Acquired Brain Injury
- Spinal cord Injury
- Cerebral Palsy
- Parkinson's disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
Learning and teaching strategy and rationale
Teaching and learning approaches for this unit include lectures, tutorials, practical sessions and applied learning such as case studies, reading/viewing material and self-directed learning. Lectures provide an opportunity to present relevant information in a structured framework. The practical sessions provide experiential learning with activities related to neuroscience and collaborative learning using a range of learning materials such as models and software. The tutorials give an opportunity for application of information to complex scenarios and case studies and to gain an understanding of other discipline roles to foster interprofessional practice. Students are expected to take responsibility for their learning and to participate actively within group activities, demonstrating respect for the individual as an independent learner.
Assessment strategy and rationale
The summative assessment tasks in this unit are designed to meet the unit learning outcomes and develop graduate attributes consistent with University assessment requirements. Students will be assessed on an individual basis in the examinations.
The mid semester examination will assess students' knowledge of the neuroscience content and the application of knowledge to explain nervous system dysfunction and through multiple choice and short answer questions.
The case-based assessment will examine students interprofessional collaboration within the context of a neurological condition. It will develop the ability to work effectively with other health professionals while drawing upon discipline specific roles when required, to enable optimal health outcomes for the client.
The final examination will assess students’ knowledge and application of neuroscience content presented across the semester. This examination will allow students to demonstrate understanding through a range of question types that may include multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions.
Overview of assessments
|Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment Tasks||Weighting||Learning Outcomes|
Mid semester exam
This exam will assess student’s knowledge through multiple choice and short answer questions providing feedback to inform assessment 2 and 3.
Enables students to apply knowledge and application of neuroscience, both discipline specific and inter-professionally.
End of semester exam
Provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate an understanding of nervous system structure and function, and the discipline specific and interprofessional assessment and management of a person with nervous system dysfunction. The examination may use a range of question types including multiple choice, short and extended response questions.
Representative texts and references
Bear, M.F., Connors, B.W. & Paradiso, M. A. (2020). Neuroscience : exploring the brain (Enhanced 4th ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Felten, D.L. & Maida, M.E. (2018). Netter’s neuroscience coloring book. Elsevier.
Lundy-Ekman, L. (2022). Neuroscience: Fundamentals for rehabilitation (6th ed.). Elsevier.
Schwartz, J. T. M., Siegelbaum, S., Hudspeth, A. J., Mack, S. & Kandel, E. R. (2013). Principles of neural science (5th ed.). McGraw-Hill.
Vanderah, T.W., Gould, D.J. & Nolte, J. (2021). Nolte’s The human brain : an introduction to its functional anatomy (8th ed.). Elsevier.
Young, P.A., Young, P. H., & Tolbert, D. L., & Young, P. A. (2015). Basic clinical neuroscience (3rd ed.). Wolters Kluwer.