Undergraduate Course: Neurotransmitters In Action (BIME10008)
|School||Deanery 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||Knowledge of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie excitatory and inhibitory synaptic transmission is fundamental to our understanding of the function of the nervous system in health and disease. Through the evaluation of complementary experimental and quantitative approaches this course addresses the physiological, pharmacological and molecular biological mechanisms that relate to pre- and post-synaptic actions of neurotransmitters. Ligand-gated and metabotropic receptor function will be analysed in terms of receptor structure/function relationships; the dependent intracellular signalling pathways; the modulation of ion channels involved in regulating neuronal excitability; and the mechanisms by which neurotransmitters modulate either their own release or that of other neurotransmitters.
The course will comprise of computer workshops, lectures and student presentations. Students are expected to engage in discussion throughout the course.
Co course organisers: M Jackson, P Larkman, RR Ribchester and DJ Wyllie
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 32,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Revision Session Hours 6,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
70% Written Exam
||Feedback will be available throughout the course in many forms:
-Written feedback on ICA component outlining the general scope of poster content will be given
-Verbal feedback on layout and content of draft poster will be available
-Feedback from course lecturers on your presentations will be available
-Written feedback on poster presentation and ability to answer questions will be given
-End-of-course feedback session to go over exam questions and techniques as well as specific student questions about topics has been timetabled for students
-Feedback from the exam will be made available.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Neurotransmitters in Action||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe a question requiring original research through critical reading of current literature. Formulate one or more testable hypotheses or central arguments from the question.
- Identify appropriate methods and models to test the hypotheses or arguments.
- Obtain information to address the hypotheses or arguments using appropriate investigative techniques and research tools. Critically analyze the evidence obtained to refute or support the hypotheses or arguments.
- Integrate your findings with those of others, and indicate the impact this has on the field and how future work may address outstanding questions.
- Communicate your findings and conclusions effectively through your dissertation, lay-summary, and any associated oral or poster presentations.
|Byrne, J.H. and Roberts, J.L. (2009) From Molecules to Networks: an introduction to cellular and molecular neuroscience. 2nd edn. Academic Press|
Nicholls, J.G. et al (2012) From Neuron to Brain. 5th edn. Sinauer.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr David Wyllie
Tel: (0131 6)50 4564
|Course secretary||Miss Emily Rowan
Tel: (0131 6)51 1515