University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Neuroscience, Physiology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    HUBS 191 and three of BIOC 192, (BIOL 112 or HUBS 192), CELS 191, CHEM 191, PHSI 191

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The mechanisms by which the nervous system integrates sensory information from the environment and co-ordinates the body?s responses at whole organism, cellular and molecular levels. 

    PHSL 231 will build on and extend the nervous system topics of HUBS 191.

    Course Structure
    The lecture blocks will focus on:

    • Cellular neurophysiology
    • Cellular communication
    • Neurophysiology of the musculoskeletal system
    • Systems neurophysiology
    • Special senses
    • Neuroendocrinology

    Six laboratories will give you skills in a range of techniques:

    • Introduction to physiological recording
    • Nerve action potential and conduction
    • Skeletal muscle contraction
    • Introduction to physiological recording using the finger pulse transducer, electroencephalogram (EEG) and the visual evoked potential (VEP)
    • Vision
    • Taste, smell, hearing and vestibular function


    • Internal assessment (30%) comprises two evening progress tests, each worth 15%
    • Final examination comprises 70% of the final grade

    Learning Outcomes
    -Acquired extensive knowledge of the physiology of the central and peripheral neural systems
    -Mastered recording of various human physiological parameters
    -Developed an understanding of ethics in physiology

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