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||In 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.
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 and DJ Wyllie
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| 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)
||Other requirements|| Students who are either enrolled on the BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences, or who spent their third year abroad, or who are taking an intercalated year, are exempt from the requirement to have taken and passed Biomedical Sciences 3.
|Additional Costs|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, 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||Ms Agnese Lapetrova
Tel: (0131 6)51 5997