PYM0NS-Methods in Neuroscience

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
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Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Prof Kate Harvey

Email: k.n.harvey@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The purpose of this module is to inform students about some of the methods used in the study of neuroscience research. The focus of the module is on methodological issues in the study of neuroscience, for example understanding the function of the brain using fMRI, EEG and TMS. Students read set material and discuss it in a series of seminars. Students are required to make informal presentations of written material.


Aims:

The module aims (1) to discuss critically a variety of methodologies for research in cognition, for example fMRI, EEG, TMS and neuropsychology (2) to present topical research in neuroscience, and to link it with research actively undertaken at Reading; (3) to enable students to perform critical evaluations of research in this field; (4) to support students in the design and planning of research activity.


Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the course, students will be able to:




  • Give a critical account of a range of human-based methods deployed in answering research questions in cognitive neuroscience.

  • •Show how different theoretical frameworks and the choice of specific research methods might influence research in human neuroscience.

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of empirical research in selected sub-areas of neuroscience.

  • Demonsrate understanding of how to plan an empirical research project using a relevant methodology.

  • Demonstrate understanding of the impact that different human brain imaging techniques have had and are likely to have on progress in neuroscience.


Additional outcomes:

It is anticipated that this module will provide a platform for subsequent work by students on postgraduate courses in psychology and cognitive neuroscience.


Outline content:

Methods used in the study of cognitive neuroscience, specifically techniques such as functional MRI, psychophysiology, and TMS.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Students will be given directed reading which they will be expected to have completed before attending lectures. Teaching sessions will last approximately 2½ hours. A member of the Department of Psychology staff will give a short lecture on the important learning points. There will then be opportunity for 1.5 to 2 hours of discussion the aim of which will be to enable students to complete the required summative assessment assignment.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 15
Guided independent study: 85
       
Total hours by term 100
       
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The assignment for this module is a critical review and evaluation of an empirical research paper, as would be carried out by a journal reviewer or editor.


Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:
50%

Reassessment arrangements:

If a student fails the assignment, an alternative, equivalent assignment can be submitted.  The assignment and date of submission will be by arrangement with the Module Convenor and/or Programme Director. Students should note however that, given the University regulations on failing credits, it may not be in their interests to resubmit the coursework.


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 17 September 2019

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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