Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Nandini Vasudevan


Summary module description:

The aim of this course is to develop a comprehensive picture of the nervous system. This will be achieved by delivering a broad ranging course on neurobiology that covers molecular, cellular, systematic aspects of neurobiology.

Assessable learning outcomes:

At the end of this course students should be able to: (i) Discuss key features of the cellular components of both the central and peripheral nervous system. (ii) Discuss the structure of the central and peripheral nervous system (iii) Understand the cellular and molecular processes underlying neuronal development and connectivity. iv) Describe how selected sensory systems operate at the cellular and molecular level. (v) Describe key features of central nervous system damage and the potential of repair mechanism. (vi) Describe key features of neurodegenerative diseases and the effects of hormones on neurobiology. (vii) Describe how neural stem cells can be used as mediators of brain damage repair.

Additional outcomes:
Students will enhance their teamwork, communication time management skills, through practical work. There will also be an emphasis on reading primary literature to help develop research skills.

Outline content:
The course is composed of four major themes:
• Anatomical and functional description of the nervous system
• Development and specialization of the nervous system, at a cellular and organ level.
• A systems based description of how selected sensory systems operate.
• Neuropathology and development of strategies to repair cell damage/loss.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The course will consist of approx 14 50-minute lectures, where core module content will be delivered. Two practicals have been designed so that students can further their understanding of neuro-anatomy during a brain dissection, as well as their understanding of the brain at a cellular level. Comprehensive reading lists will be provided allowing students to study in their own time.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 14
Practicals classes and workshops 6
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 80
Set exercise 20

Other information on summative assessment:

Students will be assessed on their understanding of the practicals in a written assignment. 

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    A two-hour examination

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    1) Required text books: Recommened reading lists will be supplied during the module 2) Specialist equipment or materials: N/A 3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: A lab coat will be required for the practical (hire £1, purchase £~13) 4) Printing and binding: N/A 5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: A laptop will be required for the practicals 6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: N/A

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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