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Postgraduate Course: Neuroanatomy (BIME11004)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryCourse description: Lecture (10x1 hour lectures), practical class (5x3 hour practicals), and seminar (5x2 hour seminars) based course covering core aspects of gross and cellular neuroanatomy, incorporating an overview of significant diseases of the nervous system. Lectures and practical classes will cover all the major areas associated with gross and cellular neuroanatomy, based around five main topics (each taking up two weeks of the course):

Gross anatomy of the central and peripheral nervous systems (including blood supply and meninges)
Sensory pathways
Motor pathways
Cranial nerves
Spinal cord, spinal nerves and autonomic nervous system

Practical classes will use prosected human specimens alongside models and medical imaging (e.g. arteriograms), with students directed towards salient features using an in-house generated practical workbook. Lectures and practical classes will be supplemented by student-directed learning, based around the Crossman & Neary "Neuroanatomy: An Illustrated Colour Text" textbook. For the seminar sessions, students will study and present scientific papers and/or review articles which address the relationship between neuroanatomy and neurodegenerative disease. Each of the five sessions will focus on a different set of neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis and stroke), and will be scheduled to fit with the topic being taught in concurrent lecture and practical sessions (e.g. stroke when taking taught sessions covering blood supply to the brain). The class will be split into 5 groups and each group will be responsible for presenting the papers at one weekly seminar. Presentations will be marked by academic staff.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 15, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 76 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 70 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Seminar presentations (30%)

A practical 'Spot' type examination where understanding of neuroanatomical structure and function will be assessed (70%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. On completion of the course, students will have an appreciation of the gross and cellular anatomy of the nervous system
  2. Have an ability to identify and trace functional pathways at different levels throughout the nervous system
  3. Be able to relate structure to function in the context of neurodegenerative disease
  4. Be able critically read and present data from scientific papers
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Course organiserDr Lyndsay Murray
Tel: (0131 6)51 5985
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)50 3289
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