LSC-10047 - Introduction to Neuroscience
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






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Description for 2023/24

This module will introduce you to the anatomy and function of the nervous system, drawing on information from a range of organisms but primarily aimed at understanding the human nervous system.
You will be given practical exercises to supplement your understanding of both human and animal anatomy and physiology, microscopy and recording techniques using computer based physiology work stations.

To provide a general description of the architecture and the physiology of nervous systems, the neural basis of behaviour, a brief discussion of the senses and concepts of development and the evolution of the nervous system.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

identify the principal anatomical subdivisions and structures of the nervous systems, including development of nervous system across different species: 4
describe the main sensory systems of the human body: 4
discuss structure-function relationships in the nervous system: 4
describe specific examples of human nervous system disorders: 3,4
design and evaluate experimental studies of neuroscience: 3
write a concise report based on lab results using appropriate terminology and subject research: 2
explain the basic physiological and chemical basis of neural function: 1,3,4
analyse data and present it in graphic form: 2

Study hours

21 x 1h - in situ delivery of tutorials/workshops/discussions
1 x 2h - IT workshop
14 x 1h - in situ lecture delivery
22 x 1h - preparation for tutorials/workshops/discussions
22 x 1h - reflection on tutorials/workshops/discussions
105h - engagement with asynchronous material split across each week
6 x 2h - reflection and preparation for core labs linked with content
8 x 2h -preparation and answering lab book questions
10h - preparation of infographic
20h - preparation of lab report
20h - preparation/revision for final exam
2h - final MCQ exam
32h - independent study

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Creative Brief weighted 10%
For this assessment, students are asked to research a specific topic, synthesise core information and then create one-page infographic. Students will be given guidance in a tutorial session prior to the hand in and substantial on-line support.

2: Laboratory Report weighted 40%
Lab report
For this assessment, students are asked to research a specific topic, collect and analyse data during core lab practical session and then write a 1500-word lab report. Students will be given guidance in a tutorial session prior to the hand in and substantial on-line support.

3: Assignment weighted 20%
Electronic lab book with elements of analysis
Data and short simple experiments for work at home will be provided on KLE along with an explanatory tutorial on how to analyse and present data. This will be released every two weeks (4x in SEM-1 and 4x in SEM-2), linked with core learning material. There will be 2 submission dates (at the end of SEM-1 and at the end of SEM-2). It is a form of continuous in-course assessment.

4: Online Tasks weighted 30%
Online test (1-hour active working in a 2-hour assessment window)
This paper will be released as a timed test in Blackboard. Students will find a link to this test on KLE on the day of the assessment. The test is designed so that most students will be able to complete within 1 hour, although we will give all students 2 hours to be more inclusive. This test will consist of a collection of compulsory multiple choice, pairing and fill in the blanks questions. Students should pay careful attention to the number of points that each question is worth. In general, we would expect only one or two sentences for each point.