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PN4234   Synaptic Transmission

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

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

Planned timetable: Lectures: 11.00 am - 12:30 pm Wed and 12.00 noon - 1.00 pm Fri. Practicals to be arranged.

Extensive and versatile communication between nerve cells using special junctions called synapses endows the nervous system with many complex functions like learning and memory. This module will cover important recent progress in understanding the morphology and ultrastructure of synapses, neurotransmitter corelease and recycling mechanisms, retrograde signalling, synaptic plasticity, the role of glial cells and the development of neurotransmission. Some laboratory work will provide students with hands-on experience of advanced research methods.

Relationship to other modules

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

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take BL4234

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: A total of 6 x 1.5 hour seminars, 7 x 1 hour lectures and 2 x 3 hour practicals over 10 weeks

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 128

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 20%
Coursework: 20%

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


Module teaching staff: Dr W Li, Dr S Pulver, Dr G Miles