NEUROSCIENCE, FROM NEURONES TO BEHAVIOUR - 2017/8

Module code: BMS2048

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

SEIBT J Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 5

JACs code

B140

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 112

Lecture Hours: 27

Tutorial Hours: 3

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 2 Summaries (each 15%) of Recent research (Deadlines week 8 and 10) 30
Examination 50 MCQs (50%) and 2 short essays out of 5 questions (50%) (2 hours) 70

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

BMS1032

Module overview

To obtain basic but broad knowledge of the structure and function of the nervous system.

Module aims

To introduce the structure and function of the nervous system

To provide an understanding of biochemical processes in the brain as a basis for normal functioning of the nervous system

To develop knowledge about sensory processing and cognitive brain functions

To provide an introduction to the neural basis of behaviours and brain disorders

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate understanding of neuroanatomical and neurochemical techniques for neuroscience research in laboratory reports CPT
Show knowledge of neuronal communication, neural bases of special senses, motivation, emotion, language and cognition KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:



Introduction to the module


Animal models to study the brain


Structure of the nervous system


Building blocks of the nervous system: neurones and glia


Wiring the brain: creating and connecting neurons


Neuronal communication: membrane potential and action potential


Neuronal communication: synaptic transmission


Monitoring the working brain


Manipulating the working brain


Sensory receptor mechanisms


Central processing of sensory information


Comparative aspects of sensory systems


Language and speech

Brain mechanisms of emotion

Sex and the brain


Memory

Chemical control of brain and behaviour

Consciousness in the brain


Mental illness


Losing connections: ageing and Neurodegeneration


Brain rhythms – EEG


Regulations of brain states - mechanisms


Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop subject specific knowledge

Provide formative feedback, class discussion and summative examinations

 

The learning and teaching methods include:



23 Lectures


4 tutorials for formative assessments and class discussions


2 pieces of coursework (summary of a research paper)


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate



Knowledge and understanding of Neuroscience and ability to synthesize knowledge


Ability to summarise neuroscience research publications



 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:



Two summaries (under 500-1,000 words15% each, )


50 MCQs (part of 2 hour exam, 37.5% in total)


2 short essays (part of 2 hour exam, 37.5% in total)

 

Formative assessment and feedback


Answers to sample MCQs and essay questions are assessed formatively in tutorials as verbal feedbacks.



Coursework (2 summaries) are marked within three weeks of submission and returned to students with detailed comments for feedback. In addition, an additional feedback session is also organised for questions and answers.

Reading list

Reading list for NEUROSCIENCE, FROM NEURONES TO BEHAVIOUR : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms2048

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Biological Sciences BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biochemistry BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedicine with Data Science BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedicine with Electronic Engineering BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.