PY2NS1-Neuroscience 1

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: PY1IN Introduction to Neuroscience or PY1PC Perception
Non-modular pre-requisites: For non-Psychology students only
Modules excluded: PY2NS Neuroscience or PY2RM Research Methods and Data Analysis
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Katie Gray


Summary module description:
Neuroscience 1


The aims of the module are that students should further their knowledge of the structure and function of the nervous system, and to bring their knowledge to bear on understanding areas such as neurotransmitters, motivational and reward systems, memory, and the action of drugs.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module students will be able to: 1. Critically analyse research on the neuroscience of topics such as memory 2. Appraise key theoretical explanations of reward processing and psychopharmacology, with critical reference to the literature

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

The module will expore the neural bases of reward, and motivation, and memory, and applications of research in this field, e.g. drug dependence, mental illness.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
(a) Lectures on neuroscience.
(b) Online discussion forum following lectures.
(c) Recommended reading in neuroscience.
(d) Continuous exercises tied to course content, including web-based exercises.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Guided independent study 82
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Set exercise 30
Class test administered by School 70

Other information on summative assessment:
This module is assessed by coursework (30%) and an end-of-term multiple choice test (70%).
Coursework involves continuous online assessment of students' understanding of the material covered in lectures.

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:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Examination in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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