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BMS3013 : Disorders of the Human Nervous System

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To provide an advanced level of information on:

The cellular anatomy, biochemistry and function of the human central nervous system

The biological and molecular genetic basis of a number of different disorders of the human nervous system, and their clinical manifestations

Both current and novel approaches used to treat disorders of the nervous system

To further develop students skills with respect to:

Critical analysis of scientific literature and current developments in the treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders

Interpersonal interaction and team working

Planning and writing of essays

In Summary:

This module is taught by clinicians and basic scientists from various Institutes within the Faculty of Medical Sciences and from colleagues in the National Health Service. The first part of the module provides an overview of the cellular anatomy, biochemistry and function of the human central nervous system, providing a framework to help understand the second part – preclinical and clinical lectures together with molecular pathology that will highlight the various disorders associated with the nervous system.

Outline Of Syllabus

Essential neuroanatomy and neuroimaging techniques (3 lectures)
Clinical aspects and molecular basis of mood Disorders, psychosis, addiction and neurodevelopmental disorders (10 lectures, 1 seminar)
Clinical and molecular aspects of neurological and neurodegenerative disorders (13 lectures, 1 seminar)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture261:0026:00PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00Revision seminar x2 - PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00PIP - Introductory lecture and Assessment session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching14:004:00PIP - Seminar. Paper critical appraisal. Individual and group preparation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1166:00166:00Writing up lecture notes, revision and general reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and lecture materials will provide students with key information.

Seminars will encourage increased understanding of the material through discussion.

Private study will allow students to extend their knowledge through reading of journal articles and other recommended references.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A7048 hour open book exam (1 essay from choice of 3) (online remote, max 1600 words)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M30Extended Essay - 2000 words (excluding abstract of 200 words & references, max of 3 figures.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The open book essay will test students’ knowledge, understanding and written communication skills.

Essay will test ability to review scientific literature.

FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as ‘Study Abroad’ will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examinations that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submissions dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely.

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