Course Description

Course Name


Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


The mechanisms by which the nervous system integrates sensory information from the environment and co-ordinates the body?s responses at whole organism, cellular and molecular levels. 

PHSL 231 will build on and extend the nervous system topics of HUBS 191.

Course Structure
The lecture blocks will focus on:

  • Cellular neurophysiology
  • Cellular communication
  • Neurophysiology of the musculoskeletal system
  • Systems neurophysiology
  • Special senses
  • Neuroendocrinology

Six laboratories will give you skills in a range of techniques:

  • Introduction to physiological recording
  • Nerve action potential and conduction
  • Skeletal muscle contraction
  • Introduction to physiological recording using the finger pulse transducer, electroencephalogram (EEG) and the visual evoked potential (VEP)
  • Vision
  • Taste, smell, hearing and vestibular function


  • Internal assessment (30%) comprises two evening progress tests, each worth 15%
  • Final examination comprises 70% of the final grade

Learning Outcomes
-Acquired extensive knowledge of the physiology of the central and peripheral neural systems
-Mastered recording of various human physiological parameters
-Developed an understanding of ethics in physiology

*Course content subject to change