LSC-20077 - Neurodevelopment
Coordinator: Christopher Adams Room: N/A Tel: +44 1782 7 33943
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734414

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

In this module you will learn how the body builds its nervous system on an anatomical, physiological and molecular level. We will try to answer questions about how neurones grow, migrate and change, how synapses are made and pruned and how wiring develops with particular reference to vertebrate nervous systems. The module includes a discussion of postnatal development and the ways in which the nervous system continues to change during childhood, adulthood and old age.

To provide knowledge and understanding of the development of nervous systems, specifically: 1) how the different parts of the nervous system form over time from fertilisation; 2) where different components of the nervous system arise in the embryo; and 3) how migration of neurones is achieved in forming specific pathways.

Intended Learning Outcomes

describe and explain how nervous system tissue becomes organized in the vertebrate embryo and develops to produce the final structures of the adult nervous system: 1,2
discuss specific examples of pre- and post-natal plasticity, and development in the nervous system: 2
prepare a practical report discussing the development of the nervous system in the chick: 1
describe and explain how the lineage of individual cells of the nervous system and their ultimate fates are determined: 1,2

Study hours

Active learning - 36 hours:
Active lecture 17h
Tutorial 9h
Engaging with asynchronous material 10h
114 hours independent study:
20 hours reflection from tutorials
30 hours completion of lab report, supplemented by labs delivered in LSC-20107
62 hours wider reading
2 hours completion of examination

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Laboratory Report weighted 40%
Lab report
The laboratory report is based on one of the practicals delivered in LSC-20107. The length is a maximum of 1000 words.

2: Open Book Examination weighted 60%
2-hour open book assessment with an 8 hour window
The paper will be released on KLE as a Word document at 9am on the morning of the exam. End of module two hour examination consisting of two sets of three essay questions, students must select and answer one essay question from each set. Students should answer each question using Word, clearly labelling each question as they provide their answers. Work will be submitted to Turnitin no later than 5pm on the day of release. International students will be asked to notify the School if they need an extension due to different time zones. For essay-based questions, typical answers would be in the range of 500-750 words per question. We recommend that students do not exceed 750 words per essay-based question as we will be assessing the quality of your answer, not the quantity.