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Advanced Topics in the Neurobiology of Dementia CAD702


This unit develops critical thinking and deeper evaluation of research for advanced students studying the neurobiology of dementia. Students form a peer critique group to examine articles in domains of particular interest. Five papers are selected from student proposals to evaluate in an online journal club environment, with input and guidance from academics experienced in the field. Students then propose individual topics relevant to their professional and/or personal context, and undertake a critical literature review and evaluation.


Unit name Advanced Topics in the Neurobiology of Dementia
Unit code CAD702
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Discipline Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Coordinator Doctor Maneesh Kuruvilla
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Critically discuss contemporary research topics in the neurobiology of dementia
  • Use knowledge of neurobiology research to evaluate the design, methods and findings of peer-reviewed scientific literature
  • Evaluate the role of research funding in driving progress in dementia research
  • Critically evaluate evidence available from contemporary research into the aetiology and potential therapies for dementia
  • Engage in critical peer discussion of the neurobiology of the major dementias
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$1,475.00 $1,475.00 not applicable $1,575.00

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AssessmentNegotiated topic proposal (10%)|Negotiated topic report (40%)|Journal club participation and critique (50%)
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