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PN4235   Motoneurons: From Physiology to Pathology

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: Lectures : 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm Mon and 9.00 am - 10.30 am Fri. Practicals to be arranged.

This module aims to provide in depth knowledge of key aspects of neuronal function and potential dysfunction by focussing on one of the most studied and best characterised classes of neurons in the central nervous system, motoneurons. The module will cover topics such as: the history of motoneurons in neuroscience research; the genetics controlling motoneuron development, the intrinsic electrical properties of motoneurons; synaptic inputs received by motoneurons; motoneuron recruitment; and motoneuron disease.

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 BL4235

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 10 hours of seminars, 6 hours of lectures and 6 hours of practical over the semester.

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 : 0%
Coursework: 40%

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


Module teaching staff: Dr W Li, Prof K Sillar, Dr G Miles, Dr W Heitler