BMSC12007 - Neurological Physiology & Measurement
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to discuss in detail, nervous system anatomy and physiology and relate this to fundamental clinical tests of neurological function. Sensory and motor nervous system integration will be illustrated via investigation of nerve reflexes and skills in using anatomical landmarks to locate major peripheral nerves. Students will study neuropharmacology and should be able to explain the mechanism of action of the major drug groups affecting neurological function.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1 or ALLH11004 Anatomy and Physiology for Health professionals.

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Cairns
  • Mixed Mode
  • Mackay
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney
  • Townsville

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Examination 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Weekly worksheet and rapid recall questions supported learning. Course evaluation responses Continue provision of weekly study tools.
Assessment requirements not clear. Course evaluation responses Assessment requirements will be reviewed and discussed in detail.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss the physiology of excitable cells of the neuromuscular system.
  2. Explain the detailed structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous system.
  3. Report the distribution of peripheral motor and sensory nerves in the upper and lower limbs
  4. Discuss the structure and function of the autonomic nervous system
  5. Describe clinical diagnostic techniques for studying central and peripheral nervous system structure and function
  6. Demonstrate electrode placement for EEG using the International 10/20 measurement system
  7. Demonstrate electrophysiological recording and calibration processes
  8. Explain receptor activation and principles and major drug groups in neuropharmacology

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical Assessment          
2 - Written Assessment            
3 - Examination    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. Communication    
2. Problem Solving          
3. Critical Thinking          
4. Information Literacy    
5. Team Work            
6. Information Technology Competence            
7. Cross Cultural Competence            
8. Ethical practice            

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - Examination        

Prescribed Textbooks

Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases
Author/s: Blumenfeld Year: 2010
Edition: 2nd edition Publisher: Sinauer Associates Inc. Publishers
City: Sunderland State: MA
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

Note that this book comes packaged with a subscription access code for the Interactive e-book.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorSonia Saluja (s.saluja@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Neuroanatomy overview and basic definitions.

2

Week 2 13-03-2017

Brain and Environs.

5

Week 3 20-03-2017

Corticospinal tract and other motor pathways.

6

Week 4 27-03-2017

Somatosensory pathways. Spinal nerve roots. Major plexuses and peripheral nerves.

7, 8, 9

Week 5 03-04-2017

Cerebral Hemispheres and Vascular Supply

10

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Brainstem and Cranial nerves

EEG, Epilepsy and Seizures

12

Moodle resource

Week 7 24-04-2017

Cerebellum and Basal Ganglia

15, 16

Week 8 01-05-2017

Limbic System and Higher order cerebral function

18, 19

Week 9 08-05-2017

ANS, Neuropharmacology

Moodle resource

Written Assessment Due Tuesday (09 May 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Revision

No formal lecture due to Residential School.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Revision

No formal lecture due to Residential School.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Revision

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Practical Assessment
Task Description

The practical sessions for this course will run as follows:

Session 1 ROK campus Week 9,10 (CG93, CG95, CC30 and CB84 students only)

Session 2 MKY campus Week 8 (CB77 students only)

Session 3 SYD campus Week 10 (CB77 students only)

Session 4 CNS campus Week 10 (CG95, CC30 students only)

Session 5 TVL campus Week 10 (CG95, CC30 students only)

Session 6 BNE campus Week 11 (CB77 students only)

Note: You are required to sign up for one session only.

You must attend the practical session at the campus where you are enrolled to complete your program of study. Please nominate your campus via the student allocator system.

During the practical sessions, you will complete a set of practical tasks to set up, use and interpret data generated from neurophysiological measurement equipment. Practical tasks will include nervous system dissection, brain structure and reflexes, EEG, sensory and motor experiments and an OSCE. The OSCE will have a pass/fail grade. A laboratory workbook is to be completed as the practical tasks are conducted.

A post practical quiz, available on Moodle, must be completed within 1 week of completion of the practical sessions. This quiz will require you to reflect on workbook entries and practical sessions conducted.

Please note: The practical sessions for this course are being run as a 2 day block. For on-campus students this is referred to as a practical block/session and for Mixed Mode students it is referred to as a Residential school. In effect, for this course they are the same thing and occur on the same dates and provide an opportunity for on campus and Mixed Mode students to meet each other.

Assessment Due Date The post practical quiz, available on Moodle, must be submitted within one week of completing the practical session. Dates will be notified on Moodle.
Return Date to Students Due to the multiple number of practical sessions running until week 12, marks for this assessment item will be given after week 12.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Attendance and Participation

A pass/fail grade will be awarded for attendance at and participation in the practical sessions.

Completion of post practical Quiz

The post practical quiz, available on Moodle, must be completed within 1 week of completion of the practical session. All questions are of equal weighting. One mark will be awarded for each correct response. Incorrect responses will incur no penalty.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You will be required to achieve a minimum of 50% of the marks available in the post practical quiz along with a pass grade in the OSCE.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

5. Describe clinical diagnostic techniques for studying central and peripheral nervous system structure and function

6. Demonstrate electrode placement for EEG using the International 10/20 measurement system

7. Demonstrate electrophysiological recording and calibration processes

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Summative written assessment will asses your knowledge of topics covered in weeks 1-8. At the commencement of week 2, a clinical case scenario presenting information regarding the physical and neurological condition of a patient will be posted on Moodle. You will be required to answer a set of questions based on this clinical case scenario. This assessment item is designed to assess your understanding of basic nervous system anatomy and physiology, understanding of the neurophysiology of the clinical condition and the application of key clinical concepts.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Tuesday (09-May-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria will be based on knowledge of theory, selected features and rationalisation, presentation and referencing.

If your assignment is submitted after the due date/time without an approved extension it will be penalised 5% per 24 hour period that it is late.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - To pass this course, you are required to attain a minimum of 50 per cent of the marks available for this assessment
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

To be submitted as a Word document

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Explain the detailed structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous system.

3. Report the distribution of peripheral motor and sensory nerves in the upper and lower limbs

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 40%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 40
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss the physiology of excitable cells of the neuromuscular system.

2. Explain the detailed structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous system.

3. Report the distribution of peripheral motor and sensory nerves in the upper and lower limbs

4. Discuss the structure and function of the autonomic nervous system

5. Describe clinical diagnostic techniques for studying central and peripheral nervous system structure and function

8. Explain receptor activation and principles and major drug groups in neuropharmacology

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy


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