PYMPRN-Principles of Neurobiology

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: BSc level knowledge of Genetics/Neurobiology/Biological Psychology/Neuroscience
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Prof Kate Harvey


Type of module:

Summary module description:
The purpose of this module is to provide a robust grounding in the principles of neurobiology, and the key experimental techniques that are used in it. The topics include neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, pharmacology, and genetics.

The aim of this module is to introduce students to key principles of neurobiology that are fundamental for an integrative understanding of brain function. The topics will cover biochemistry, genetics, physiology, and neuroanatomy: thus providing a multi-level perspective in neurobiology.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding: -
A comprehensive overview of neurobiology.

Intellectual skills:
- Critically appraise and summarize information related to neurobiology, using a multi-level perspective from genetics, physiology, and neuroanatomy
- Be familiar with relevant experimental techniques, including the ability to collect and integrate information from the literature,
-To apply knowledge in neurobiology to address research problems, as well as acquire, interpret and/or critically analyse research.

Transferable (key) skills:
- Systematically search for literature and evaluate neurobiological research and to draw justified conclusions from the evidence, communicate knowledge or arguments (both orally and in writing) to a variety of audiences and to evaluate the views of others.

Additional outcomes:

It is anticipated that this module will provide the requisite training for students wishing to pursue a research career in psychology and related disciplines.

Outline content:

Neuroanatomy, Neurotransmitter Systems; Cellular, Molecular and Behavioural Techniques, Pharmacology; and Genetics

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching and learning methods include a mixture of seminars, group discussions, aided by audiovisual materials available online or recorded by staff members as part of their research.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 3
Tutorials 4
Supervised time in studio/workshop 5
Guided independent study: 88
Total hours by term 3 97 0
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 module will be assessed via an essay.

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:

Assessment requirements for a pass:
pass mark = 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: 30 September 2019


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