Neuroscience - BIO00048I

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Gareth Evans
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module summary

This module will provide a foundation in neuroscience at the level of synapses, neurons, circuits and behaviour that will prepare students for the Advanced Topics in Neuroscience module in Stage 3.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module will provide a foundation in neuroscience at the level of synapses, neurons, circuits and behaviour that will prepare students for the Advanced Topics in Neuroscience module in Stage 3. An overarching aim of the teaching and assessment of the module is to develop and test experimental design, data analysis and problem solving skills. These skills will be acquired through interactive lectures, workshops and independent activities. We will first study the fundamental cell biology and electrophysiology of neurons and synapses and then consider how neuronal cells are organised to form a nervous system. Next the basic mechanisms of sensory input and processing will be described, followed by how these systems co-ordinate movement. A synoptic topic will then examine nervous system dysfunction in relation to movement disorders. In the post-assessment period, there will be a set of research-focussed activities (journal club, sensory behaviour practical and data analysis workshop) that will develop skills for studying neuroscience research in Stage 3.

Module learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this module will have the ability to:

1. Describe the structure and function of the nervous system at the level of synaptic transmission, gross anatomy, circuitry, sensory input and processing.

2. Describe the mechanisms by which the nervous system controls voluntary movements and how these are disrupted in disease.

3. Describe scientific techniques and design experimental strategies for neuroscience research.

4. Synthesise ideas from across the module into coherent arguments.

5. Acquire, analyse, interpret and present experimental data.

6. Solve problems related to experimental neuroscience.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Neuroscience
2.5 hours 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Neuroscience
2.5 hours 100

Module feedback

Cohort-level feedback will be provided on performance in closed exams and made available via the VLE. Histograms of module marks will be posted on the notice boards outside the Biology Student Services office. Individual marks will be made available to you and your supervisor via e:vision. Exam scripts will be made available at the end of either the Spring or Summer terms. You should take the opportunity to discuss your marks and feedback with your supervisor.

During the teaching of the module you will receive feedback that may be at a whole class or individual level. Forms of feedback may include: model answers and discussion of workshop questions, summaries of performance in practicals, VLE-based quizzes, individual spoken comments during workshops, individual written comments on formative work.  

Indicative reading

These are available through the VLE module site.



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