Module code: BMS2048

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

SEIBT J Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 123

Lecture Hours: 23

Tutorial Hours: 4

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


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


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
1 Demonstrate understanding of neuroanatomical and neurochemical techniques for neuroscience research in laboratory reports CPT
2 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


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


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.