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PN3313   Neuroscience

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: Lectures: 12.00 am Mon, Tue and Wed Practicals: to be arranged.

This module covers biochemical, cellular and behavioural aspects of the nervous system in health and disease. It starts with the basic biochemistry of neural membrane proteins such as receptors and channels, and considers the cellular mechanisms of action potential generation and propagation, and synaptic transmission. The physiology of sensory perception is illustrated by examining the visual system, while motor control is considered in terms of vertebrate locomotion. Selected aspects of learning and memory processes are also examined. Students are given extensive hands-on experience of computer simulation as a learning tool in this course. The associated practical work illustrates the lecture course through experiments on the nerve impulse, and mechanisms of neuronal cell loss.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass BL2301 and pass BL2305

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take BL3313

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 29 hours of lectures or tutorials in total, 3 x 3-hour practicals and 4 hours of labs during the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 42

Guided independent study hours: 158

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 40%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Prof F Gunn-Moore, Prof K Sillar, Dr S Pulver, Dr G Miles, Dr W Heitler, Dr W Li, Dr G Doherty