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PN4230   Neurodegeneration and Aging

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: BSc Hons Neuroscience students have priority on this module

Planned timetable: Seminars: 3.00 pm - 4.00 Mon, 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm Thu (weeks 1-5); Seminars: 12.00 pm - 2.00 pm Thu (weeks 7 and 9-11); Labs: 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm Tues, Wed (week 8)

In this module, students will develop a detailed understanding of molecular neuroscience. Work will focus at the biochemical and molecular level, so that detailed knowledge of signalling pathways will be gained.The module concentrates on three key areas relating to neurodegenerative processes. 1) How neurons stay alive 2) The aging nervous system: Changes that can 'prime' neurons for degeneration, degenerative disorders - risks, pathology, treatments. Including a practical session 3) How the nervous system responds to neurodegenerative diseases, with particular focus on Alzheimer's disease.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PN3313 and pass BL3303

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take BL4230

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: Seminars: up to 2 hours per week (to a total of 18 hours) and 2 x 3-hour practicals during the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 24

Guided independent study hours: 126

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 66%, Coursework = 34%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 66%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 34%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Prof F Gunn-Moore, Dr G Doherty, Dr M Andrews