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BMS2011 : Neuroscience: from cell to cognition

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Claudia Racca
  • Lecturer: Dr Abhishek Banerjee, Dr Faye McLeod, Professor Andrew Jackson, Dr Will Sedley, Professor Evelyne Sernagor, Professor Stuart Baker, Professor Alexander Thiele, Dr Gavin Clowry
  • Other Staff: Professor Andrew Trevelyan, Dr Kai Alter, Dr Demetris Soteropoulos, Dr Fiona LeBeau
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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 – 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 – which will include:

•vision, motion, hearing, language and multisensory integration

Motor System – which will include:

•principles of motor control at cortical, subcortical and spinal levels

•overcoming damage to the motor system

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00In person on campus
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities11:001:00Non-sync online - development of scientific writing skills
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Sync online Q&A to support student engagement in learning & revision. Students pre-submit questions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00In person workshop to prepare for the extended essay
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1741:00174:00Writing up lecture notes, general reading and revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Sync online - Introductory lecture
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will provide students with key information to achieve the learning outcomes of the module. The Q&A sessions 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, and a small group workshop to prepare for the in course extended essay. Private study and active learning on part of the students are essential. These will allow students to extend their knowledge through reading of, for instance, textbooks, journal articles and other recommended material.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination602A42In person invigilated written timed essay exam (60 mins) (42%), 2 question from a choice of 4 & Inspera invigilated MCQ (60 mins) (28%), max 60 questions. Part 1 Inspera, Part 2 Written, exams to be scheduled together. (Inspera to be open for the duration of the examination - 120 mins)
Digital Examination902A28In person Inspera invigilated MCQ (60 mins) (28%), max 60 questions & Written timed essay exam (60 mins) (42%), 2 questions from a choice of 4. Part 1 Inspera, Part 2 Written, exams to be scheduled together. (Inspera to be open for the duration of the examination - 120 mins)
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
BMN2011The Nervous System and Respiratory Diseases2Sister module delivered at NuMed. To be timetabled at 9:30 am and not on a Friday.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M30Extended 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.

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