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Neuroscience - BIO00009I

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Gareth Evans
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2017-18 to Summer Term 2017-18

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide a foundation in neuroscience at the level of synapses, neurons, circuits and behaviour and will prepare students for the Stage 3 neuroscience modules ‘Learning and Memory’ and ‘Brain in Health and Disease’. The lectures begin by covering the cell biology of neurons and synapses and then consider how neuronal cells are organised to form a nervous system, focussing on how neuronal circuits link behaviour with the environment. Finally the basic mechanisms of sensory input and processing will be described. The lecture material is supported by a computing workshop on aspects of synaptic transmission, an assessed practical on sensory behaviour, using Drosophila as a model system, and a problem solving revision workshop. Embedded in all aspects of the module is the aim to develop and test experimental design, data analysis and problem solving skills.

Module learning outcomes

Students who complete this module will have the ability to:

  • Describe the structure and function of the nervous system at the level of synaptic transmission, gross anatomy and circuitry and sensory input and processing.
  • Describe scientific techniques and design experimental strategies for neuroscience research.
  • Synthesise ideas from across the module into coherent arguments.
  • Acquire, analyse, interpret and write up experimental data.
  • Solve problems related to experimental neuroscience.


Task Length % of module mark Group
N/A 20 Default
University - closed examination
1 hours 80 Default
University - closed examination
1 hours 100 S

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark Group
University - closed examination
1 hours 80 Default
University - closed examination
1 hours 100 S

Module feedback

Feedback on your progress is important to your learning process and we return all first and second year work to you after marking for feedback purposes via Biology Student Services in week 9 or 10 of the spring and summer terms. You will be notified by e-mail when your work is ready for collection.

Module marks are made available to both you and your supervisor via your eVision account as soon as the marks are available, by week 6 of the spring term and week 8 of the summer term. You are expected to discuss your performance and progress with your supervisor in your mid-spring term and end of summer term supervisory meetings.

A histogram of all module marks is produced and posted on the examinations notice board outside Biology Student Services.

Specimen answers are posted on the web: by comparing the specimen answers with your own, you should obtain a clear idea of what was expected of you. For each module the markers will also give general feedback on how well the questions were answered and point out any standard errors that students may have made.

Indicative reading

These are available in EARL which is accessible through the VLE module site.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.