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BMS3013 : Disorders of the Human Nervous System

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Christopher Morris
  • Co-Module Leader: Miss Hannah Lumley
  • Lecturer: Dr Michael Keogh, Dr Richard McQuade, Dr Rhys Thomas, Professor Christopher Price, Professor Evelyne Sernagor, Dr Lauren Walker, Professor Robert Lightowlers, Dr Yuki Kikuchi, Dr Kyle Thompson, Professor Andrew Blamire, Professor Andrew Trevelyan, Dr Sarah Judge, Dr David Cousins, Dr Paul Donaghy, Dr Marc Woodbury-Smith, Dr Fiona LeBeau, Dr Bas Olthof
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
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 range 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 and how these disorders are modelled.

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 a brief overview of the cellular anatomy, biochemistry and function of the human central nervous system, along with the use of neuroimaging methods. This first part provides a framework to help understand the second part – preclinical and clinical lectures together with molecular pathology that will highlight some of 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 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 ActivitiesLecture21:002:00Revision seminar x2 - in person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture261:0026:00In person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching14:004:00In person - Seminar. Paper critical appraisal. Individual and group preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00In person Introductory lecture and Assessment session
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 Examination1202A70Invigilated exam 2 out of 4 essays
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M30Extended Essay - 2000 words (excluding abstract of 200 words & references, max of 3 figures and/or tables.
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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