Fall 2019 - BPK 426 D100

Functional Human Neuroanatomy (3)

Class Number: 5210

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    SECB 1010, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 16, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 3150, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BPK 306 and BPK 326.



Students will critically assess and investigate functional neuroanatomy, and examine how neuroimaging, animal models, and functional deficits in patients inform this knowledge. The course encompasses divisions of the human nervous system from both functional (sensory, motor, and autonomic) and anatomical (peripheral and central) perspectives, including the neural basis of higher cortical functions.


Course contact time: One two-hour lecture and one one-hour tutorial per week, over 13 weeks. There are no labs in this course.  

(Note that the term-specific schedule is found on Canvas, on the Calendar.)

The course is organized by functional (rather than regional) neuroanatomy.  

  • Week (W)1: Introduction to the nervous system, Introduction to neuroimaging, and Cerebral cortex and vascular supply 
  • W2: i) The ventricular system; ii) The meninges; iii) Barriers in the brain
  • W3: Somatosensory pathways and pain: i) Peripheral origins and the spinal cord; ii) The thalamus; iii) Cortical sensory processing   
  • W4: Motor control: i) Cortico-spinal pathways; ii) The basal ganglia; iii) The cerebellum   
  • W5: Autonomic and neuroendocrine control: i) The autonomic nervous system; ii) Cardiovscular control; iii) The hypothalamus and pituitary   
  • W6: Midterm 1   
  • W7: The visual system   
  • W8: Brainstem I: Surface anatomy and cranial nerves   
  • W9: Brainstem II: eye movements and pupillary control   
  • W10: Brainstem III: internal structures and vascular supply   
  • W11: Midterm 2   
  • W12: The limbic system: i) Memory and spatial orientation; ii) Emotion and drive; iii) autobiographical memory and introspection   
  • W13: Higher order cortical function: i) Language; ii) Visuo-spatial processing; iii) Executive function                               


At the end of BPK 426, successful students will be able to:  

  1. Link structure to function in the major divisions of the nervous system through a clinical lens, predicting deficits that result from damage, and localizing damage based on deficits.
  2. Interpret anatomical sections of the brain and spinal cord (physical and digital) to identify structures and describe their relationship to other structures.
  3. Interpret functional imaging data from the current primary literature and describe its contributions to our current understanding of functional neuroanatomy, as well as its limitations.  


  • Quizzes (4) & cases (6) (lowest single grade is dropped for each student) 20%
  • Midterm 1 25%
  • Midterm 2 25%
  • Final exam 30%



Nolte's The Human Brain, 7th Edition, by Todd Vanderah & Douglas J Gould. 2016.
Note: older editions of this textbook exist. However, instructors will design assessments based on the 2016 edition. Available in the bookstore in paperback, as an e-book, and on reserve in the library.
ISBN: 9781455728596

Department Undergraduate Notes:

It is the responsibility of the student to keep their BPK course outlines if they plan on furthering their education.

Missed Exam:

Students who miss examinations due to exceptional circumstances (such as serious illness or compassionate reasons) are required to obtain a physician's certificate, whereby the physician states that you were unable to write your midterm or final on the set date due to a medical condition beyond your control, or other supporting documents in order to obtain consideration in the course. Such documents must be filed with the Department Chair (via the Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology office) or Registrar within four calendar days of the date on which the examination was to have been written. Exceptional circumstances must be approved by the Undergraduate Program Committee in order for a student to receive consideration. Students must check the examination schedule when making course selections. Students are reminded that final examinations may be scheduled at any time during the examination period and that students should avoid making travel or employment arrangements for this period. In the event of a missed midterm or final examination the instructors reserve the right to give an oral examination of the material. Approximate midterm dates are provided, but may be subject to change.

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Registrar Notes:

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