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Undergraduate Course: Neurotransmitters In Action (BIME10008)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIn this course we will examine neurotransmitter release, activation of ligand-gated ion channels, receptor-mediated modulation of neuronal excitability, and neurotransmitter clearance. Understanding neurotransmitter and receptor mechanisms gives us insight into how membrane excitability elicits functional effects in individual neurones and neuronal networks. In the same way, exploring the abnormal function that results from inappropriate transmitter release/clearance, and/or altered ion channel properties, informs us of the powerful impact that small alterations in synaptic transmission can have on cellular and network function, and how these alterations underlie diseases of the nervous system.
Course description The course will comprise of computer workshops, interactive seminars and student presentations. Students are expected to engage in discussion throughout the course.

Course organiser: DJ Wyllie
Staff: M Jackson, P Larkman, RR Ribchester and DJ Wyllie
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Pharmacology 3 (BIME09003) OR Physiology 3 (BIME09004) OR Neuroscience 3 (BIME09012)
Students MUST have passed: Biomedical Sciences 3 (BIME09008)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( 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 149 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 30% ICA
70% Written Exam
Feedback 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.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Neurotransmitters in Action2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe a question requiring original research through critical reading of current literature. Formulate one or more testable hypotheses or central arguments from the question.
  2. Identify appropriate methods and models to test the hypotheses or arguments.
  3. 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.
  4. Integrate your findings with those of others, and indicate the impact this has on the field and how future work may address outstanding questions.
  5. Communicate your findings and conclusions effectively through your dissertation, lay-summary, and any associated oral or poster presentations.
Reading List
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements None
Course organiserDr David Wyllie
Tel: (0131 6)50 4564
Course secretaryMiss Emily Rowan
Tel: (0131 6)51 1515
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