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BMSC13006 Advanced Neurophysiological Measurement
Advanced Neurophysiological Measurement
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General Information


On completion of this unit, students should be able to relate neurophysiology and pathophysiology to advanced clinical tests of neurological function including electroencephalography (EEG), nerve conduction studies (NCS) and evoked potential measurements. Therapeutic interventions for epilepsy and nerve entrapment will be discussed. Students will review all aspects of patient interaction including patient safety, legal and ethical issues and communication.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-Requisite: BMSC12007 Neurological Physiology and Measurement

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 - 2023


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).

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

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 Unit evaluation survey


Inclusion of more case studies in the tutorials to link theory with practice.


Provide additional clinical cases in the tutorials with practical and real world applications.

Feedback from Unit evaluation survey


The worksheets and the revision tutorials helped in consolidating the key concepts.


Continue providing weekly worksheets and revision tutorials.

Feedback from Unit evaluation survey


Students appreciated the timely and detailed formative feedback provided on the assessment.


Continue providing useful and timely feedback to students.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Understand patient safety, legal and ethical issues in the clinical neurophysiology environment
  2. Explain electrophysiological recording and calibration processes
  3. Justify montage selection to maximise diagnostic capability
  4. Differentiate normal, artefactual and pathological EEG recordings
  5. Evaluate the neurosurgical treatment of epilepsy and utility of intraoperative monitoring in EEG and spinal cord realignment
  6. Justify somatosensory, visual and brainstem auditory evoked potential measurement including computer averaging techniques
  7. Understand normal and abnormal waveform characteristics in evoked potential measurement, nerve conduction studies and electromyography.

Per NPC990

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
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Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 60%
2 - Online Test - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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 - Written Assessment - 60%
2 - Online Test - 40%
Textbooks and Resources



Handbook on EEG Interpretation

2nd edition (2014)
Authors: Tatum, WO
Demos Medical Publishing
New York New York , NY , USA
ISBN: 9781620700167
Binding: Paperback

Primer of EEG with a Mini-Atlas

2nd edition (2015)
Authors: Rowan, J & Tolunsky, E
Elsevier Health Sciences
Philadelphia Philadelphia , PA , USA
ISBN: 9780323353878
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

The prescribed textbook can be accessed online at the CQUniversity Library website. Access can be limited, so if you prefer your own copy, you can purchase either paper or eBook versions at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

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