Fall 2018 - BPK 426 D100

Functional Human Neuroanatomy (3)

Class Number: 4962

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    SECB 1012, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 8, 2018
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    AQ 3154, 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.  
Week 1: Introduction to the nervous system: gross anatomy, organization, development Introduction to anatomical and functional neuroimaging  
Week 2: Sensory systems of the brain  
Week 3: The diencephalon and thalamo-cortical systems: sleep & consciousness  
Week 4: Motor control: cortical, basal ganglia, cerebellum  
Week 5: Higher cortical function: perceptual and language systems  
Week 6: Higher cortical function: learning and memory  
Week 7: The circulatory system of the brain (and stroke)  
Week 9: The ventricular system and the meninges  
Week 10: The brainstem  
Week 11: The cranial nerves and nuclei  
Week 12: The spinal cord  
Week 13: The peripheral nervous system                                               


Successful students will: 

  • Critically assess and investigate functional neuroanatomy and how neuroimaging, animal models, and functional deficits in patients inform our knowledge of it.
  • Evaluate experiments to address outstanding questions in functional neuroanatomy.
  • Demonstrate effective scientific communication skills in a powerful 10-minute conference style oral presentation and a compelling written one-page scientific summary.


  • Quizzes and clinical cases 10%
  • Conference-style oral presentation 15%
  • Written scientific summary 15%
  • Midterm 25%
  • Final Exam 35%



Nolte's The Human Brain, 7th Edition, by Todd Vanderah & Douglas J Gould. 2016. ISBN: 9781455728596.
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.

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