Undergraduate Course: Neuroscience 3 (BIME09012)
|School||School of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Biomedical Sciences 2 (BIME08007)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Neuroscience 3||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Neuroscience 3||2:00|
| 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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Catherina Becker
Tel: 0131 242 7983
|Course secretary||Ms Caroline Morris
Tel: (0131 6)51 3255
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