Undergraduate Course: Neuroscience 3 (BIME09012)
|School||Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Biomedical Sciences 2 (BIME08007)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 4,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||In Course Assessment (40%) methods will be selected from but not limited to:
- On-line comparative neuroanatomy quiz (5%)
- Vision practical report (20%)
- Locomotor practical report (15%)
Exam (60%) 3 short answer questions
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.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Neuroscience 3||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Neuroscience 3||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Detailed knowledge on the neural basis of specific behaviours, and of how brain and behaviour can be modified by experience
- Knowledge about how relationships between brain and its functional outputs can be studied
- Improvement of data analysis, interpretation and reporting skills
- Improvement of computer skills to search for information, and written information presentation skills
- Ability to produce well-constructed practical reports in the form of brief research papers
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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Dingenus Meijer
Tel: 0131 242 6238
|Course secretary||Ms Agnese Lapetrova
Tel: (0131 6)51 5997