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COGS3030 – Human Neuroimaging

2021 – Session 2, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Paul Sowman
Bianca De Wit
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
130cp including (COGS2000 or COGS202) and (COGS2020 or BIOL2610 or STAT2170 or STAT2371 or PSYU2248)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

The human brain is among the most complex and powerful information processing systems known. Since the emergence of cognitive neuroscience as a field several decades ago, an impressive range of methods have been developed to investigate the structure and function of the human brain. In this unit, students will learn key principles of a range of functional neuroimaging techniques including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG), and functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). The unit focuses on conceptual and methodological issues surrounding these techniques, giving students the opportunity to think critically about the advantages and disadvantages of each technique for addressing research questions in the field of cognitive neuroscience. The unit will also cover clinical applications of neuroimaging such as its use for investigating autism and schizophrenia.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Demonstrate advanced knowledge of neuroimaging methods and their application to the investigation of human brain function.
  • ULO2: Explain the strengths and limitations of various neuroimaging methods and be able to identify the optimal method for a particular research question.
  • ULO3: Discuss key concepts and theories in relation to research findings obtained through different neuroimaging methods.
  • ULO4: Interpret and critically evaluate the results of neuroimaging studies.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Presentation 10% No Week 6
Data analysis write-up 1 20% No Week 9
Data analysis write-up 2 30% No Week 13
Final exam 40% No S2 Exam Period

Presentation

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 5 hours
Due: Week 6
Weighting: 10%

Contribution to a group presentation contrasting two neuroimaging approaches to the same research question (5%) and individual written summary (5%; max. 300 words)


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Discuss key concepts and theories in relation to research findings obtained through different neuroimaging methods.
  • Interpret and critically evaluate the results of neuroimaging studies.

Data analysis write-up 1

Assessment Type 1: Quantitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Week 9
Weighting: 20%

Analysis of curated dataset and write-up of methods and results (max. 1000 words)


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of neuroimaging methods and their application to the investigation of human brain function.
  • Explain the strengths and limitations of various neuroimaging methods and be able to identify the optimal method for a particular research question.

Data analysis write-up 2

Assessment Type 1: Quantitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 30%

Analysis of curated dataset and write-up of methods and results (max. 1500 words)


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of neuroimaging methods and their application to the investigation of human brain function.
  • Explain the strengths and limitations of various neuroimaging methods and be able to identify the optimal method for a particular research question.

Final exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: S2 Exam Period
Weighting: 40%

Multiple-choice and short answer questions


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of neuroimaging methods and their application to the investigation of human brain function.
  • Explain the strengths and limitations of various neuroimaging methods and be able to identify the optimal method for a particular research question.
  • Discuss key concepts and theories in relation to research findings obtained through different neuroimaging methods.
  • Interpret and critically evaluate the results of neuroimaging studies.

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. 
  • Lecture time: Tuesdays 9:30am - 11:00am
  • Lecture location: Online 

     

    Lecture slides will be uploaded just before the lecture date under the lecture link in the relevant week below. Lecture recordings will be available through Echo360, accessible through the iLearn page. 

Tutorials

  • Tutorials are held weekly, starting in Week 1 of Session 1. Please check eStudent for the time and location of your tutorial. Changes to tutorials need to be made online via eStudent only (neither the unit convenor nor the tutor can make changes to your tutorial enrolment). After week 2, no further changes will be allowed unless supporting documentation about the reason for changing is provided and there is space in the tutorial you wish to enrol in. 

Readings

  • All required and optional readings are available through the Unit Readings (Leganto) link on the COGS2030 iLearn page.

Unit Schedule

 

S2 Week

Lecture Topic

Readings

Tutorial Topic

1

Introduction and Overview

Chapter 1, Op de Beeck (2019) Introduction to Human Neuroimaging. Cambridge University Press

-        Overview to lab tutorial structure. -        Download data and scripts ready to go for the beginning of class. -        Guidance on how to get MATLAB working -        Intro to MATLAB

2

MRI Physics & Structural Imaging Methods

Chapter 2/3, Op de Beeck

-        Tutorial exploring structural MRI data using Mango

3

MRI Physics & Structural Imaging Methods

Chapter 2/3, Op de Beeck

-        Critical discussion of papers for presentation

4

Hemodynamic Imaging Methods, Designing a Hemodynamic Imaging Experiment

Chapter 4/5, Op de Beeck

-        Group presentations for assessment task 1

5

Basic and Advanced Statistical Analysis

Chapter 7/8, Op de Beeck

-        fMRI pre-processing tutorial

6

fNIRS

Chapter 4.4 + Luke et. al. 2021

-        fMRI GLM estimation and stats tutorial

7

EEG and ERPs

Chapter 9, Op de Beeck

-        fNIRS Group data tutorial

8

MEG

Chapter 10, Op de Beeck

-        Preparation for Assignment 2

9

Basic Data Analysis

Chapter 11, Op de Beeck

-        Demos/tour of fNIRS, MEG and EEG facilities **TBA**

10

Advanced Data Analysis

Chapter 12, Op de Beeck

-        M/EEG analysis tutorial

11

Causal Methods to Modulate Brain Activity

Chapter 14, Op de Beeck

-        TMS/EEG tutorial

12

Motor evoked responses

TBA

-        Preparation for Assignment 3

13

Review

None

-        Class discussion on methodological issues and inferences we can make about brain function and behaviour

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