BMS3013 : Diseases of the Human Nervous System

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 number of different diseases of the human nervous system, and their clinical manifestations.
•Both current and novel approaches used to treat diseases of the nervous system

To further develop students skills with respect to:
•critical analysis of scientific literature and current developments in the treatment of mental and neurological illnesses.
•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. 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 will highlight the various diseases associated with the CNS.

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 common neurodegenerative disorders (13 lectures)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture251:0025:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1175:00175:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures 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

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80Unseen examination (2 essays from a choice of 4).
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M20Extended Essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination 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.

The form of assessment will not vary from the original.

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