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MEDI2301 – Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

2020 – Session 2, Special circumstance, North Ryde

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group learning activities on campus for the second half-year, while keeping an online version available for those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

To check the availability of face to face activities for your unit, please go to timetable viewer. To check detailed information on unit assessments visit your unit's iLearn space or consult your unit convenor.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
Thomas Fath
Co-convenor
Shu Yang
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
COGS100 or COGS1000 or HLTH108 or ANAT1001 or BIOL115 or BIOL1110
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

In the first part of this unit you will cover various topics, including the morphogenesis and function of neurons and glial cells in the peripheral and central nervous system. A particular emphasis will be the discussion of the structure and function of specialised micro-compartments in neuronal cells, the generation of electrical signals in neurons, the structure, properties and function of ion channels, receptors and transporters and chemical transmission of signals at nerve cell connections. In the second part of this unit, you will focus on how neuronal function is disrupted in disease and which technologies are available to interrogate functional aspects of the nervous system under physiological conditions and in the diseased nervous system. This will include an in depth discussion of modern experimental technologies in cellular physiology as well as the application of molecular biology techniques to manipulate and explore the function of molecules in the nervous system.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Explain the structure and function of neurons and non-neuronal cells of the nervous system.
  • ULO2: Identify sub-cellular compartments in neurons and how they are involved in the regulation of neuronal function.
  • ULO3: Describe experimental techniques for studying of cell function in the nervous system.
  • ULO4: Explain pathomechanisms in the injured and diseased nervous system at a cellular level.

General Assessment Information

Grade descriptors and other information concerning grading are contained in Schedule 1 of the Macquarie University Assessment Policy, which is available at: https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/assessment.

Further details for each assessment task will be available on iLearn.

All final grades in the Bachelor of Medical Science are determined by a grading committee and are not the sole responsibility of the Unit Convenor.

Students will be awarded a final grade plus a Standardised Numerical Grade (SNG). The SNG is not necessarily a summation of the individual assessment components. The final grade and SNG that are awarded reflect the corresponding grade descriptor in the Grading Policy.

To pass this unit, students must demonstrate sufficient evidence of achievement of the learning outcomes, attempt all assessment tasks, meet any ungraded requirements including professionalism and achieve an SNG of 50 or better.

Extensions for Assessment Tasks

Applications for assessment task extensions must be submitted via www.ask.mq.edu.au . For further details please refer to the Disruption to Studies Policy available at http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Late Submission of Work

All assignments which are officially received after the due date, and where no extension has been granted by the Unit Convenor, will incur a deduction of 5% for the first day, and 5% for each subsequent day including the actual day on which the work is received. Weekends and public holidays are included. For example:

Due Date Received Days Late Deduction Raw Mark Final Mark
Friday, 14th Monday, 17th 3 15% 75% 60%

 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Online quizzes 20% No Continuous from Week 2 till Week 10
Mid-session exam 30% No Week 7
Research Essay 20% No Week 11
End-of-session Exam 30% No Exam Period

Online quizzes

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 2 hours
Due: Continuous from Week 2 till Week 10
Weighting: 20%

In-class quizzes, assessing unit content, delivered to this point, using online MCQs, conducted under exam conditions


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain the structure and function of neurons and non-neuronal cells of the nervous system.
  • Identify sub-cellular compartments in neurons and how they are involved in the regulation of neuronal function.
  • Describe experimental techniques for studying of cell function in the nervous system.
  • Explain pathomechanisms in the injured and diseased nervous system at a cellular level.

Mid-session exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 7
Weighting: 30%

Short answer questions and MCQs


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain the structure and function of neurons and non-neuronal cells of the nervous system.
  • Identify sub-cellular compartments in neurons and how they are involved in the regulation of neuronal function.
  • Describe experimental techniques for studying of cell function in the nervous system.
  • Explain pathomechanisms in the injured and diseased nervous system at a cellular level.

Research Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Week 11
Weighting: 20%

Critical Review and Synthesis of Research Topic


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain the structure and function of neurons and non-neuronal cells of the nervous system.
  • Identify sub-cellular compartments in neurons and how they are involved in the regulation of neuronal function.
  • Describe experimental techniques for studying of cell function in the nervous system.
  • Explain pathomechanisms in the injured and diseased nervous system at a cellular level.

End-of-session Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Exam Period
Weighting: 30%

Formal exam, assessing all unit content [short answers and MCQs], held in the Uni exam period


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain the structure and function of neurons and non-neuronal cells of the nervous system.
  • Identify sub-cellular compartments in neurons and how they are involved in the regulation of neuronal function.
  • Describe experimental techniques for studying of cell function in the nervous system.
  • Explain pathomechanisms in the injured and diseased nervous system at a cellular level.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Lectures

Lectures are held weekly, starting in Week 1. Lectures run from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Mondays and 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wednesdays. Lectures will be accessible via iLearn as pre-recordings or will be held live via Zoom during the allocated lecture times. 

Lecture slides will be uploaded just before the lecture time under the lecture link in the relevant week below. Lecture recordings (pre-recordings and recordings of Zoom presentations will be available through Echo360. 

Prior to each Monday lecture from Week 2 to Week 10 brief online quizzes will take place, which will form part of the Participatory Assessment Task in the Unit. For more information, see Weekly Online Quizzes below.

Practicals

Practicals will be delivered in a mixed-mode with Practicals on campus and online practicals. Please consult iLearn for further detail.

Tutorials

Tutorials will be held weekly in 2-hour blocks in a mixed-mode of face-to-face and online delivery. The tutorials entail the in-depth discussion of current research articles, related to each week's topic. Please consult iLearn for further detail.

Required Unit Materials

All students are required to wear closed shoes and lab coat/gowns to attend on-campus practical classes.

Recommended Readings

Prescribed textbooks

Purves D. et al. (Eds.) (2018) NEUROSCIENCE, 6th edition. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Kandel E. et al. (Eds) (2013) Principles of Neuroscience, 5th edition. McGraw-Hill Companies.

Reviews and original research articles as advised by teaching staff each week

Unit readings for this unit are available via the iLearn and university library website.

iLearn

You will need reliable access to the internet to access the unit's iLearn page. Through iLearn you will be able to access the lecture recordings (Echo360), additional readings, and feedback and marks for the assessment tasks. Please allow time to familiarise yourself with how to access iLearn. ​Further information about iLearn can be found at: https://help.ilearn.mq.edu.au/

Weekly online quizzes

This unit has weekly online quizzes (Weeks 2-10), designed to keep you on track during the fast-paced semester. MCQ online quizzes will be graded. No make-up quizzes will be permitted (with the exception of officially approved Disruption to Studies requests). However, your 2 lowest quizzes will be dropped at the end of the semester.

The quizzes are delivered through iLearn, so you need to have access to a reliable computer with a connection to the Internet. Technical difficulties will not be accepted as a reason for special consideration.

Student Professionalism and Attendance

In the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences professionalism is a key capability embedded in all our programs. As part of developing professionalism, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, you are expected to attend all small group interactive sessions including tutorials, and laboratory practical sessions. In most cases lectures are recorded; however, lecture recordings cannot be guaranteed and some discussion or content may not be available for viewing via the recording system.

All lectures and tutorials are scheduled in your individual timetable. The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/.

Failure to attend any learning and teaching activities, including lectures and tutorials, may impact your final results. It is your responsibility to contact their tutor or the unit convenor by email to inform tutors if you are going to be absent.

 

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/getting-started/student-conduct​

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.