Fall 2020 - BPK 426 D100

Functional Human Neuroanatomy (3)

Class Number: 6116

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 16, 2020
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

  • 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.


This course will be entirely offered via remote learning, with no in-person elements in Fall 2020.

LECTURES (2 hours per week, 13 weeks) will be ASYNCHRONOUS: they will be uploaded as videos on Canvas.

TUTORIALS (1 hour per week, 13 weeks) will be SYNCHRONOUS: they will be held at the scheduled times on Thursdays and conducted via Zoom. (Note that the term-specific schedule is found on Canvas, on the Calendar.)

The course is organized by functional (rather than regional) neuroanatomy. Course topics include:

· Introduction to the nervous system
· Introduction to neuroimaging
· Cerebral cortex and vascular supply
· The ventricular system; the meninges, and barriers in the brain
· Somatosensory pathways and pain: i) Peripheral origins and the spinal cord; ii) The thalamus; iii) Cortical sensory processing
· Motor control: i) Cortico-spinal pathways; ii) The basal ganglia; iii) The cerebellum
· Autonomic and neuroendocrine control: i) The autonomic nervous system; ii) Cardiovscular control; iii) The hypothalamus and pituitary · The visual system
· The brainstem: i) Surface anatomy and cranial nerves; ii) eye movements and pupillary control; iii) internal structures and vascular    supply
· The limbic system: i) Memory and spatial orientation; ii) Emotion and drive; iii) autobiographical memory and introspection · 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.




Assignment %

Tutorial quizzes (lowest single grade is

dropped for each student) 15%

Written one-page summary 15%

Midterm exams (2) 40% (20% each)

Final exam 30%


Nolte's The Human Brain
7th Edition
An Introduction to its Functional Anatomy
Authors: Todd Vanderah Douglas Gould
eBook ISBN: 9780323321884
eBook ISBN: 9780323321846
eBook ISBN: 9781455728602
Imprint: Elsevier Published Date: 18th May 2015 Page Count: 720

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).