Module Catalogue 2018/19

BMS2011 : Neuroscience: from cell to cognition

  • Offered for Year: 2018/19
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Claudia Racca
  • Lecturer: Dr Gavin Clowry, Professor Mark Cunningham, Mr Ryley Parrish, Professor Andrew Jackson, Professor Christopher Petkov, Professor Stuart Baker
  • Other Staff: Professor Andrew Trevelyan, Dr Michael Schmid, Dr Fiona LeBeau, Dr Demetris Soteropoulos
  • Owning School: Biomedical Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
BMS2002Cell Biology and Disease
Pre Requisite Comment

The module assumes knowledge of excitable cells, sensory & motor systems, neuroanatomy, basic cellular biology & physiology, and statistics as taught in the first and second year of the Biomedical Sciences BSc Honours course. The module builds on basic knowledge of the cell nervous system as taught in the nervous system block of year I (ie., Cell Biology).

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

Whilst not an essential co-requisite, the module supports and is supported by CMB2007 Human Anatomy.


Actions, cognition, emotions, sensations and perceptions are controlled by the nervous system. Consequently, it is key to understanding the structure and function of the nervous system. Neuroscience deals with this and covers what is beyond and how this contribute to the functioning of the nervous system.

The aims of the module are to enable the student to learn and understand the;

•basic principles of how the nervous system works,
•the importance of the nervous system in controlling conscious and unconscious motor and sensory system, behaviour, cognition etc.;
•the basic principles of research in neuroscience and in cellular, sensory & motor system neuroscience.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module has been structured into three well defined strands;

Cellular Neuroscience Strand – which will include;

•review cellular neuroanatomy and neurophysiology
•excitatory and inhibitory synaptic function
•research methods applied to cellular and systems neuroscience

Sensory System – Sensation & Cognition Strand – which will include;

•vision, motion, language and multisensory integration

Motor System Strand – which will include;

•principles of motor control at cortical, subcortical and spinal levels
•overcoming damage to the motor system

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will be able to;

•describe the basic principles of how the nervous system works
•explain the importance of the nervous system in controlling conscious and unconscious motor and sensory system, behaviour, cognition etc.
•review the basic principles of research in neuroscience

Intended Skill Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to;

•apply the scientific method and acquire knowledge of cellular, sensory and motor neuroscience through self-guided and independent reading, and deductive and inductive analysis and thinking.
•apply written communication skills to explain neuroscience problems

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Numeracy : Present
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Assessed
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Self Awareness And Reflection : Assessed
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Assessed
      • Decision Making : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Initiative : Assessed
      • Independence : Assessed
      • Problem Solving : Assessed
      • Adaptability : Assessed
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Relationship Building : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture211:0021:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00Workshop to prepare for the extended essay
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1761:00176:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will provide students with key information. The Seminar session will encourage an increased understanding of the material through discussion. There will also be an essay-writing workshop to prepare students for the in course and final essay-style exam questions. Private study and active learning on part of the students are essential. These will allow students to extend their knowledge through reading of text books, journal articles and other recommended reading.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80Unseen - 50% EMI & 50% essays.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
2Sister module delivered at NuMed. To be timetabled at 9:30 am and not on a Friday.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M20Extended Essay (2000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides evidence of individual knowledge and understanding of the topics. The extended essay supports the students’ development in finding and critically analysing current literature and their written communication skills.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2018/19 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2018/19 entry will be published here in early-April 2018. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.