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BMSC12007 Neurological Physiology & Measurement
Neurological Physiology & Measurement
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Corrections

Unit Profile Correction added on 30-03-20

The end of term examination has now been changed to an alternate form of assessment. Please see your Moodle site for details of the assessment.


Unit Profile Correction added on 19-04-20

Report assessment which requires attendance to a residential school has now been converted to an online task. Please see your Moodle site for details of the assessment.

General Information

Overview

Accurate assessment and management of neurological conditions requires comprehensive knowledge of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. You will study the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, the pathophysiology of neurological conditions and diagnostic tests related to neurological function.This unit prepares you for entry into the clinical environment by discussing the foundational knowledge of neurophysiology and application of key clinical concepts that will be required to provide health care to patients within your chosen health profession.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: BMSC11001 Human Body Systems 1 OR ALLH11004 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals OR BMSC11007 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1 OR BMSC11008 Medical Anatomy and Physiology 2

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2020

Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Mackay
Melbourne
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Report
Weighting: 30%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Examination
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student feedback, self reflection

Feedback

Clinical case scenarios as an assessment item assisted in application of theory to real world situations

Recommendation

Continue use of clinical case scenarios as an assessment item

Feedback from Student feedback, peer review

Feedback

Addition of more practice quizzes to consolidate learning

Recommendation

Enhance the existing practice quizzes available throughout the term

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the detailed structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous system
  2. Apply knowledge of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology to interpret key clinical concepts
  3. Describe assessment of neurological function in different neurological conditions
  4. Identify the pharmacological basis of drugs that affect the nervous system.


Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Report - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Examination - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Report - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Examination - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases

Second Edition (2017)
Authors: Hal Blumenfeld
Oxford University Press
New York New York , NY , USA
ISBN: 9780878936137
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

The ISBN listed is for the paperback copy (with eBook) available through the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code).


IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Romeo Batacan Unit Coordinator
r.j.batacan@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Neuroanatomy overview and basic definitions

Chapter

2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Brain and Environs: Cranium, Ventricles and Meninges

Chapter

5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial discussion of Clinical case week 2

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Corticospinal Tract and other motor pathways

Chapter

6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial discussion of Clinical case week 3

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Somatosensory pathways

Spinal nerve roots

Major plexuses and peripheral nerves

Chapter

7, 8, 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial discussion of Clinical case week 4

Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Cerebral Hemispheres and vascular supply

Chapter

10

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial discussion of Clinical case week 5 

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Brainstem and cranial nerves

EEG, epilepsy and seizures

Chapter

12

Moodle resource

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial discussion of Clinical case week 6

Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Cerebellum and Basal Ganglia

Chapter

15,16

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial discussion of study questions weeks 1 to 3

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

Limbic System and higher order cerebral function

Chapter

18,19

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial discussion of study questions weeks 4 to 6

Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

ANS, neuropharmacology

Chapter

Moodle resource

Events and Submissions/Topic

No tutorial due to residential school 


WRITTEN ASSESSMENT Due: Week 9 Friday (15 May 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Revision

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial discussion of study questions weeks 7 to 9


REPORT Due: Week 10 Friday (22 May 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

No lecture due to residential school

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial discussion Q&A

Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Revision

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

No tutorial

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

The teaching team consists of Romeo Batacan and Alannah van Waveren. Romeo is the unit coordinator for this unit and will be conducting the tutorials and residential schools, and responding to student's Moodle queries, Alannah will be delivering the live lectures throughout the term, and conducting residential schools.

You can contact the teaching staff via the unit's Moodle Q&A forum. This forum is a great place to post questions relevant to your study. Please don't feel shy in asking questions as you will often find that other students also share your query. The Q&A forum will be monitored on a daily basis and you can expect responses in a timely manner. If your queries are of a personal nature, you are welcome to contact the unit coordinator via email at r.j.batacan@cqu.edu.au or phone 07 4930 9278.

The General Discussion forum is a social space where students can communicate with other students in this unit. Please ensure that your conduct within this forum is consistent with the Student Charter.

Live lectures and tutorials will be delivered each week from Rockhampton campus, available to multiple other campuses and will be simultaneously recorded. The recordings of the lectures and tutorials will be available on the unit's Moodle site for all students to access. During the tutorials we will discuss clinical cases and weekly study questions that are provided to you on the Moodle site. The weekly study questions will focus on the key learning objectives for each week and assist in your preparation for the assessment items.

As per Australian education standards, you are expected to commit 150 hours of engagement to your study of this unit. For example, this can be broken as:

  • 2-3 hours per week watching recorded lectures and revising content through study notes
  • 1-2 hours per week for completing assigned reading
  • 2-3 hours per week completing the weekly study questions and attending tutorials
  • 3-4 hours per week preparing your assessments or studying for the exam

There is a compulsory residential school for students of CB77, CB84, CG85 and CG93 courses enrolled in this unit. The residential school sessions for this unit will run as follows:

Session 1: Mackay campus. Week 7: April 29 and 30, 2020 (CB77 students and mixed mode students only)

Session 2: Sydney campus. Week 9: May 12 and 13, 2020 (CB77 students and mixed mode students only)

Session 3: Brisbane campus. Week 9: May 15 and 16, 2020 (CB77 students and mixed mode students only)

Session 4: Rockhampton campus. Week 9: May 15 and 16, 2020 (CB84, CG85 and CG93 students and mixed mode students only)

Session 5: Rockhampton campus. Week 11: May 25 and 26, 2020 (CB84, CG85 and CG93 students and mixed mode students only)

Note: You are required to sign up for one session only.

You must attend the residential school session at the campus where you are enrolled to complete your course of study. Please nominate your campus for the residential school session via student allocator before making arrangements for travel and accommodation. For work and health safety reasons, it is essential that you nominate your residential school session in order to secure a place. To ensure you can secure your preferred attendance dates it is recommended that you nominate your residential school session at the start of term. More information about enrolling into residential school will be available on Moodle.

Please note: The practical sessions for this unit are run as a 2 day block. For on-campus students this is referred to as a practical session and for mixed mode students it is referred to as a residential school. In effect, for this unit the practical sessions and residential school are the same thing, occur on the same dates and provide an opportunity for on campus and mixed mode students to meet each other.

For students enrolled in the CG95 course, you are not required to attend a residential school but must complete a workbook and submit a report.


Assessment Tasks

1 Report

Assessment Title
REPORT

Task Description

You will complete a series of tasks and interpret data generated from neurophysiological measurement equipment. Tasks will include questions on brain structure, reflexes, EEG, EMG, and sensory and motor experiments.

For students enrolled in the CB77, CB84, CG85 and CG93 courses: You are required to attend a residential school where an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) will be conducted. Neurological assessments for the OSCE will be specific to student's course of study. Within one week of attending the residential school you are required to submit a completed workbook and report.

For students enrolled in the CG95 course: You are not required to attend a residential school. Instead, you will be required to attempt a clinical case study specific to your health profession. In addition, you are also required to submit a completed workbook and report.

The workbook for this assessment will have a set of tasks and questions which are graded and will make up 30% of your final grade.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (22 May 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

The completed workbook and report must be submitted by Week 10 Friday 11:45PM AEST (CG95 students) or within one week of attending the residential school (CB77, CB84, CG85 and CG93 students).


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (5 June 2020)

Due to the multiple number of residential school sessions running until week 11, the report results will be available to students in week 12.


Weighting
30%

Minimum mark or grade
In order to pass this unit, you must achieve 50% of the available marks for this assessment item.

Assessment Criteria

Questions will be marked as per marking scheme. The maximum score that can be achieved from this assessment item equals 30% of the total unit marks.

If your assessment is submitted after the due date/time without an approved extension it will be penalised 5% per 24 hour period that it is late.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
To be uploaded and submitted on Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe assessment of neurological function in different neurological conditions


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
WRITTEN ASSESSMENT

Task Description

In your role as a health professional you will be required to provide health care to patients with all kinds of neurological conditions.This assessment task is designed to present a real world presentation of a neurological condition similar to what you may come across in the clinical environment. You will be presented with a clinical case scenario along with information regarding the physical and neurological condition of a patient. You will be required to answer a set of questions based on this clinical case scenario.This assessment item is designed to assess your understanding of nervous system anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology of neurological conditions and application of key clinical concepts.


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Friday (15 May 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (5 June 2020)


Weighting
30%

Minimum mark or grade
In order to pass this unit, you must achieve 50% of the available marks for this assessment item.

Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria will be based on knowledge of theory, rationalisation, presentation of information and referencing. A detailed marking rubric will be available on Moodle.

If your assessment is submitted after the due date/time without an approved extension it will be penalised 5% per 24 hour period that it is late.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
To be uploaded on Moodle and submitted as a Word document.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the detailed structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous system
  • Apply knowledge of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology to interpret key clinical concepts
  • Describe assessment of neurological function in different neurological conditions
  • Identify the pharmacological basis of drugs that affect the nervous system.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
40%

Length
180 minutes

Minimum mark or grade
In order to pass this unit, you must achieve 50% of the available marks for the exam.

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Closed Book
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