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Module

BMS3013 : Disorders of the Human Nervous System

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Christopher Morris
  • Demonstrator: Professor Andrew Trevelyan
  • Lecturer: Dr Amy Reeve, Professor Robert Lightowlers, Dr Kyle Thompson, Professor Andrew Blamire, Dr Paul Hubbard, Dr Sarah Judge, Dr David Cousins, Dr Paul Donaghy, Dr Fiona LeBeau, Dr Mohammed Shoaib, Dr Michael Keogh, Dr Richard McQuade, Mr Chris Price, Professor Evelyne Sernagor
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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

Basic neuroanatomy and neuroimaging techniques (3 lectures)
Clinical aspects and molecular basis of mood Disorders, psychosis and addiction (9 lectures)
Clinical and molecular aspects of neurological and neurodegenartive disorders (13 lectures)

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 materials251:0025:00Non-synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00Seminars - Synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Intro and Assessment session - PIP Paper critique seminar - PIP
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1167:00167:00Writing up lecture notes, revision and general reading
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials will provide students with key information. Tutorials 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

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M30Extended Essay - 2000 words
Essay2A70Open Book Essay (1 essay from a choice of 3). Students will be required to complete the essay over a 5-7 day period (online remote)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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

Essay will test ability to review scientific paper.

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.

Reading Lists

Timetable