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Undergraduate Course: Neuroscience 3 (BIME09012)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will explore how we sense, feel, motivate, behave, learn and remember. The processes and neural basis of sensation, cognition, motivation and behaviour, and the ways they may be studied (deconstructed) at systems, cellular and molecular levels will be illustrated by coverage of specific topics selected from but not limited to: the senses (vision, hearing, olfaction, taste, and somatic sensation); mechanisms and functions of emotion; planning, execution and control of movements and behaviour; mechanisms and functions of learning and memory; and aspects of brain development and plasticity. The style of teaching, and the learning outcomes that may be prescribed, will be designed to cultivate and develop students' independent, critical and creative thinking, via development of skills in evidence-based reasoning and problem solving.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Biomedical Sciences 2 (BIME08007)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 21, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 164 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) In Course Assessment (30%) methods will be selected from but not limited to:
On-line neurobiological quiz (up to 5%)
Laboratory practical report (up to 20%)
Critical appraisal of research (up to 5%)
Exam (up to 80%) 6 short answer questions
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Neuroscience 32:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Neuroscience 32:00
Learning Outcomes
During the course, students should acquire:
Detailed knowledge of the mechanisms of sensation and cognition, including molecular mechanisms of transduction, cellular organisation, regional specification in the brain, and the connectivity underpinning progressively complex receptive fields.
Detailed knowledge of the brain regions involved in the planning and execution of movements, the neural circuits involved, and their synaptic mechanisms.
Detailed knowledge of the neural basis of specific behaviours
Detailed knowledge of how neural connectivity, perception and behaviour are modified in development and by experience.
Detailed knowledge of hormonal regulation of neural systems, circuits and synapses.
Improved skills of information retrieval and management, significance of data, critical evaluation and interpretation of research literature, and writing of essays and reports.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNeuroscience
Contacts
Course organiserDr Catherina Becker
Tel: 0131 242 7983
Email: catherina.becker@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Caroline Morris
Tel: (0131 6)51 3255
Email: c.d.morris@ed.ac.uk
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