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 COURSEWORK 2 SUMMARIES OF RECENT LITERATURE (DEADLINES WEEK 8 AND 10) 30%
Examination 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

Introduce the structure and function of the nervous system

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

develop knowledge about the special senses

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
Motivation
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:


24 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

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.