Undergraduate Course: Hormones & Behaviour (BIME10020)
|School||School of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course focuses on the regulation of reproduction and energy balance. The brain and the periphery interact in complex neurohormonal networks to control several core, motivated behaviours like eating, drinking, social and sexual behaviour. These behaviours are essential to life, share overlapping control systems and common underlying neurophysiological principles. In addition understanding these systems in health, we will address how these systems are altered in, for example, obesity. The course will be integrative in nature, highlighting commonalities in system control of diverse behaviours.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 28,
External Visit Hours 4,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Formative Assessment Hours 2,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Revision Session Hours 2,
Other Study Hours 4,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
learning skills session
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Final exam 100%
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Hormones & Behaviour||1:30|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- To understand how the hypothalamus controls essential physiological behaviours via neuropeptide release in the brain and periphery and via sensitivity to peripherally-released signals.
- To understand the central neuronal circuitry involved in these conserved and inter-dependent physiological behaviours.
- To understand contemporary approaches to investigating these systems and the scientific controversies surrounding the interpretation of relevant studies.
- To develop generic skills - critical analysis of scientific literature, the ability to perform independent library-based research, and the ability to present controversies in a clear and balanced fashion.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Brain, behaviour, hormones, obesity, reproduction
|Course organiser||Dr Mike Ludwig
Tel: (0131 6)50 3275
|Course secretary||Ms Caroline Morris
Tel: (0131 6)51 3255
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