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Neuroendocrinology (APHB5503, SEM-2, 2017, Crawley)

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Human Sciences

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SEM-2, 2017

Campus: Crawley

Unit Coordinator: Dr Jeremy Smith

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Unit details

Unit title Neuroendocrinology
Unit code APHB5503 Credit points 6
Availability SEM-2, 2017 (31/07/2017 - 25/11/2017)
Location Crawley Mode Face to face

Contact details

Faculty No Faculty
School Human Sciences
School website
Unit coordinator Dr Jeremy Smith
Email jeremy.smith@uwa.edu.au
Telephone 6488 7513
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Unit contact hours Seminars: 1 hour per week (for 13 weeks); tutorials: 2 hours per week (for 9 weeks) depending on number of students
Online handbook http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/units/unitdetails?code=APHB5503
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Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540)
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Unit description

Neuroendocrinology is the study of the integration between the central nervous system and hormonal systems. This unit builds on the knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology (APHB) undergraduate units by focusing on recent and cutting-edge developments in the field. Each of the three major themes/disciplines of neuroendocrinology are covered: (1) Reproduction (four seminars); (2) Metabolism and Obesity (four seminars); and (3) Stress (four seminars). Seminars consist of a broad description of a topic within a given discipline and then focus on a relevant and recent journal paper, providing critical interpretation and a basis of how this current research has shaped our knowledge. Based on these seminars, students then develop (through independent reading) and present a journal club-style presentation where they review a relevant journal paper. This oral presentation is accompanied by a written (assignment) in the form of an editorial comment.

Learning outcomes

Students are able to (1) understand the critical breakthroughs and recent advances in neuroendocrinology within each discipline; (2) search the literature to determine papers of seminal importance, interpret the data, integrate it within the field, think critically, critique and/or defend the results; and (3) actively engage in scientific communication (presenting and asking questions) through the presentation and critique of data to peers.

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Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) quizzes; (2) journal clubs; and (3) editorial comment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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