BMS255 Neuroscience for Health Practice (8)


This subject provides students with an understanding of fundamental neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. Discussions will include neurological development and ageing, the sensory, motor and autonomic nervous systems, as well as the vascularisation of the central nervous system. Higher cortical function and dysfunction are also covered. Knowledge is developed about neurological processes in health and disease across the lifespan. The second part of this subject uses this fundamental understanding of neuroscience to investigate the major functional categories of neurological disease, examples of common neurological disorders, and the major classes of pharmaceuticals used to modulate nervous system activity. A fundamental understanding of basic chemistry, cell physiology, and muscle physiology is assumed knowledge. In particular, students will need to be familiar with electrolytes and their movement across cell membranes to generate action potentials.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
InternalOrange Campus
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS255
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sesssionHD/FLSchool of Community Health

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

Be able to

Define key neuroanatomical and neurophysiological terminology

Describe the development of the central nervous system

Describe common alterations to the nervous system with age

Explain the relationship between structure and function of the nervous system

Describe the function of the cranial and peripheral nerves

Describe the pathophysiology of common neurological and psychiatric disorders

Describe the pharmacodynamics, kinetics and mode of action of pharmacological agents commonly used to treat disorders of the nervous system and pain


The subject will cover the following topics:

Neuroanatomy of the central and peripheral nervous systems
Cranial and peripheral nerves
Pain and analgesia 
Motor control
Special senses
Neurophysiology and its basis for dysfunction
Development and ageing of the nervous system
Common neurological system disorders - congenital and acquired
Pharmacology to treat disorders of the nervous system


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.