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Modules

MMB8020 : Scientific Basis of Neurological Disorders

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module aims are to:

1. acquaint students with the clinical presentations of some important neurological disorders

2. develop understanding of key aspects of cellular and molecular neuroscience in the context of their relevance to those disorders

3. introduce principles and practice of a range of modern methods for investigating the nervous system

4. describe the main ways in which nerve cells respond to insult and injury

5. examine the latest hypotheses to explain the symptoms and consequences of neurological disorders

6. explore possible ways in which neurological disorders might be treated in the future

Original Summary:

This module introduces the basic clinical aspects of many neurological disorders and details our present understanding of the molecular aetiology that underlies these disorders. It blends clinical lectures given by practicing clinicians and basic science lectures from researchers involved in unravelling the molecular basis of these disorders.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module introduces the students to several aspects of neurology and neurological research that are critical to their understanding of the subject. This involves basic neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurological examination and neuroimaging. The module then focuses on several groups of disorders – stroke, movement disorders, dementias, epilepsy, peripheral neuropathies, acquitted myopathies, autoimmunity and mitochondrial disease. Clinicians working in these areas present the basic clinical aspects and research scientists explain the molecular dysfunctions that can lead to these diseases. Finally, the module leader gives a brief overview of the course with emphasis on general themes that run through all the neurological disorders that have been discussed.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Oral Presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00MCQ test
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity126:0026:00Additional Reading & Reflective Learning
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Revision for Examination
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Preparing Notes from Lectures & Reading
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Many neurological disorders diseases have dramatic debilitating effects and cause major stress within the family. Understanding of these diseases and their causes requires knowledge of the basic principle of nerve cell biology. This module will introduce students to these principles in the context of several clinically important neurological disorders and will show how defects at the cellular and molecular levels can give rise to the features of the disorders at clinical presentation. The diseases selected for study will include both inherited and acquired conditions that affect both nerve cell function and survival. The module takes advantage of the wealth of neuroscience experience in Newcastle at both scientific and clinical levels.

This will be a mainly didactic module, with students being introduced to neurological disorders in man and the associated defects in cells and molecules. In addition to the formal teaching, students will be expected to spend considerable time on independent learning following the guidelines identified in the lectures.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A60One question answered from a choice of three
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M20MCQs
Report1M20Oral Presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination, set at the end of the formal lectures, will be designed to test the knowledge and understanding of the students and their ability to communicate in writing complex ideas in a coherent fashion. The MCQs test knowledge and understanding and the oral presentation probes critical analysis of a key piece of published neuroscience research.

Reading Lists

Timetable