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Undergraduate Course: Mechanisms of Brain Development 3 (BIME09005)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery 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
SummaryMechanisms of Development of the Nervous System from neural tube formation to adulthood. Genetic regulation of neuronal differentiation: cell proliferation, cell death, cell migration, neurite extension, synaptogenesis. Activity-dependent regulation of gene expression, neural anatomy, physiology and behaviour. Conservation of mechanisms from invertebrates to mammals: techniques employed for studying neural development.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Biomedical Sciences 2 (BIME08007)
It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Genes and Gene Action 2 (BILG08003)
Co-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students also take Physiology 3 (BIME09004)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students should provide a lab coat, notebook and marker pen.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 26, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Other Study Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 158 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) learning skills session
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 65 %, Coursework 35 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One item of in-course assessment plus one two hour exam.
Feedback Formative:
Class exam - Multiple Choice Questions to act as a good indicator to revision and feedback will be provided during the test.

Course essay - feedback will be provided within 15 working days of the submission deadline.
Degree exam - feedback is available from the course organiser on request.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Mechanisms of Brain Development 32:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Mechanisms of Brain Development 32:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding the mechanisms of neural development, at a level appropriate for a third year undergraduate course.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to understand, critically appraise, integrate and interpret information from multiple sources and then communicate by writing in a clear and well-organised ┐scientific┐ manner.
  3. Detailed knowledge (or information on where to find it) on the main mechanisms by which nervous systems are formed.
  4. Knowledge about how changes to the normal development of cells and systems can underlie human diseases and disorders.
  5. Knowledge of data mining and its powerful role in modern neuroscience.
Reading List
Building Brains. Price, Jarman, Mason & Kind, (2011). John Wiley & Son Ltd
This is the main course textbook.

In addition, the following textbooks contain information on much of the course and are available in the library in multiple copies.
Neuroscience: Bear, Connors & Paradiso, (2001). Williams & Wilkins
This is an excellent textbook written by experts which covers several aspects of the course. It is also in the RESERVE section of the Library.

Price, DJ. and Willshaw, D. (2000) Mechanisms of Cortical Development. Oxford University Press

Individual lecturers will also recommend parts of other textbooks, general reviews or interesting articles for you to consult for more specific detail.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Peter Kind
Tel: (0131 6)51 1762
Course secretaryMs Sarah Larios
Tel: (0131 6)51 1514
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