BMS2011 : Neuroscience: from cell to cognition

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 Strand – 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 Strand – which will include;

•vision, motion, language and multisensory integration

Motor System Strand – 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 ActivitiesLecture211:0021:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00Workshop to prepare for the extended essay
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1761:00176:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will provide students with key information. The Seminar session 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. Private study and active learning on part of the students are essential. These will allow students to extend their knowledge through reading of text books, journal articles and other recommended reading.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80Unseen - 50% MCQ & 50% essays. Sister module delivered at NuMed. To be timetabled at 9:30 am and not on a Friday.
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