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Module

BMS2011 : Neuroscience: from cell to cognition

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Claudia Racca
  • Lecturer: Professor Christopher Petkov, Professor Evelyne Sernagor, Professor Stuart Baker, Professor Alexander Thiele, Dr Gavin Clowry, Dr Abhishek Banerjee, Dr Amy Reeve, Professor Andrew Jackson
  • Other Staff: Dr Kai Alter, Dr Demetris Soteropoulos, Dr Fiona LeBeau, Professor Andrew Trevelyan
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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, 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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials191:0019:00Non-sync online lecture material delivered via variety (recaps/short records/formative activities)
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. Student to pre-submit questions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00PIP - Workshop to prepare for the extended essay
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1751:00175:00Writing up lecture notes, general reading and revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Sync online. Introductory lecture
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials will provide students with key information. 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, text books, journal articles and other recommended material.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80Online 24 hour take home paper. Open book short answer questions. All 4 questions to be answered. 2 x 300 words and 2 x 400 words
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
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.

Reading Lists

Timetable