BIOMO304-22A (HAM)

From Brain to Behaviour

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science
Biomedical, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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Paper Description

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This 15 point paper focuses on the relationship between the nervous system and broad functioning of the organism. We present evidence pertaining to the involvement of specific genes and molecules expressed in the nervous system in the regulation of physiological and behavioural parameters. The use of animal models in neurophysiology, physiology and behavioural research is discussed.
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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through lectures. Attendance at laboratory practicals is essential unless absence has been agreed with the Paper Convenor.

Lectures:

Thur 9-11am

Tutorials

Wed 9-10 am

Practical classes:

Thur 2-5pm or Fri 2-5pm E.2.14

Attendance at practicals is essential. Two of four circus experiments must be written up, as well as report on the Reproduction practical.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • have in depth understanding of how the brain affects broad physiological mechanisms and behaviour
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  • understand the practical applications of neurophysiology to current biomedical research
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  • work independently and with others as part of a group
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  • analyse, interpret and critically evaluate the results of experiments
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  • supplement their knowledge and understanding with the most recent scientific literature
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Assessment

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The dates indicated for assessment procedures will normally be adhered to. Any changes to the dates will be made in consultation with the class at least one week prior to the original date.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. 1st Circus Lab report
8 May 2022
11:30 PM
8
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Theory Test 1
14 Apr 2022
9:00 AM
15
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
3. 2nd Circus Lab Report
22 May 2022
11:30 PM
8
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Lab report
3 Jun 2022
4:30 PM
4
  • Hand-in: In Lab
5. Theory Test 2
9 Jun 2022
9:00 AM
15
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
6. Exam
50
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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No set requirement – reading lists will be provided.
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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where you will be able to access pdfs of lecture notes and powerpoints, lecture recordings, and assessment materials. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices etc and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.

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Workload

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Contact hours per week: three hours for lectures and up to three hours for practicals.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: BIOMO101

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: BIOL335

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