BMSC13006 - Advanced Neurophysiological Measurement

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-Requisite: BMSC12007 Neurological Physiology and Measurement

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Term 1 - 2019 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 60%
2. Examination 40%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40% response rate.

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.

Source: Unit evaluation, peer review
Assessments requirements to be clearly outlined
Assessment requirements will be reviewed and discussed in detail.
Action Taken
Assessment requirements and expectations were clearly outlined to students in 2018. A new marking rubric was developed which helped to outline the requirements.
Source: Unit evaluation, peer review
Scenarios, real life examples and videos to enhance lecture content and prepare students better before they proceed on clinical placement.
Review of lecture content to link theory with practical
Action Taken
Lecture content was reviewed in 2018 and real life examples were provided within the weekly content. Clinical case scenario was developed as an assessment item.
Source: Unit evaluation, peer review
Weekly study tools supported learning.
Continue use of weekly study tools.
Action Taken
Provision of weekly study tools was continued in 2018.
Source: Unit evaluation, peer review
Weekly worksheets supported learning.
Continue use of weekly worksheets
Action Taken
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination