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Undergraduate Course: Neuroscience 3 (BIME09012)

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
SummaryThe 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.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Biomedical Sciences 2 (BIME08007)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 168 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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
Feedback Formative feedback:
You will be given the opportunity to write an answer to a practice exam question. You will receive feedback, indicating both good points and areas for improvement.
Two sets of multiple choice questions will be posted on Learn. These can be done in your own time and answers will be made available for you to self assess the knowledge you have gained.

Online Quiz - You will receive your score on the quiz as soon as you have submitted it. Correct answers will be made available after the completion deadline.
Practical Report - you will be given an individual feedback sheet 15 working days after 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 S2 (April/May)Neuroscience 32:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Neuroscience 32:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Detailed knowledge on the neural basis of specific behaviours, and of how brain and behaviour can be modified by experience
  2. Knowledge about how relationships between brain and its functional outputs can be studied
  3. Improvement of data analysis, interpretation and reporting skills
  4. Improvement of computer skills to search for information, and written information presentation skills
  5. Ability to produce well-constructed practical reports in the form of brief research papers
Reading List
Main texts
Bear, M.F., Conners, B.W. & Paradiso, M.A. Neuroscience: Exploring the brain. 3rd edition Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Carew, T.J. Behavioural Neurobiology. Sinauer.

Other recommended texts
Breedlove, S.M., Rosenzweig, M.R. & Watson, N.V. Biological psychology - An introduction to behavioural, cognitive and clinical neuroscience. 5th edition. Sinauer.
Carlson, N.R. Physiology of behaviour. 10th Edition. Allyn & Bacon.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Catherina Becker
Tel: 0131 242 7983
Course secretaryMs Agnese Lapetrova
Tel: (0131 6)51 5997
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