BMS321 Clinical Neuroscience (8)


This subject covers the most frequent diseases and syndromes of the nervous system and relates these to expected clinical presentation and fundamental clinical measurements used for diagnosis and monitoring. EEG's, EMG's, nerve conduction studies, evoked potentials and electronystagmography will be discussed. Variation in electrical waveforms and evoked responses indicative of disease will be identified.

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Session 2
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
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Subject information

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

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to relate various pathologies of the central and peripheral nervous system to the underlying neuroanatomy and neurophysiology;
- associate clinical signs with structural or functional abnormalities of the central and peripheral nervous system;
- understand the implications of lesions of the CNS and/or PNS on neurophysiological functioning;
- identify appropriate clinical measurements based on clinical presentation to aid in diagnosis and monitoring of the condition;
- describe standardised measurement systems to ensure correct electrode placement for electrophysiological recordings;
- explain head box connections and pre-set montage configurations for EEG recordings;
- describe the effects of common medications on the EEG and other lectrophysiological recordings;
- localise abnormal EEG, EMG, evoked potential and ENG waveforms;
- explain the various activation techniques employed for measuring evoked potentials;
- describe averaging techniques, normal and abnormal response latencys and amplitudes.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Review neuroanatomy of the central and peripheral nervous system - Review of neurophysiology and the functional divisions of the nervous system - Cognitive function related to structural areas of the brain and EEG measurement - EEG measurement - Evoked potentials - EMG measurement - Nerve conduction - ENG (electronystagmography) - Motor skills and their control by the central nervous system - Clinical neuroscience including cerebrovascular accidents, tumours, epilepsy, congenital abnormalities, dementias and disorders of higher function, peripheral neuropathies and neuromuscular disorders.


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.