Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
The Central Nervous System (CNS) is constructed of numerous individual neurones and non-neuronal cells which connect together to form complex networks. This module will explore the concept of brain cell networks, building from the general physiological properties of their diverse elements through to the complex networks within specific areas of the CNS. Over the course of this module students will also explore the functional mechanisms underlying specific cellular circuitries and how they integrate during sensory, motor and sensorimotor performance.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/lsc-20075/lists
To provide an in-depth understanding of neuronal function starting with single neurones and building up to neuronal networks.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Describe, discuss and evaluate the principal ultrastructural features of neurones and glial cells as studied by light and electron microscopy: 2Critically discuss how groups of neurones are working together, from the structure and function of individual synapses to specific examples of natural neural networks: 2Describe, discuss and evaluate the physiological and molecular properties of neurones and astrocytes at the single cell level and in functional groupings: 2Critically evaluate a primary source journal article and answer questions related to the content of the paper: 1
20 hours interactive lectures9 hours interactive tutorials121 hours of private study, which includes Paper Comprehension
1: Publication Based Paper weighted 30%
Description of Module Assessment
Paper ComprehensionStudents are provided with the reference to a particular paper and a set of questions aimed at testing their understanding of the experimental rationale of the paper, the content and their ability to evaluate the experimental approaches. 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.2: Open Book Examination weighted 70%
2-hour, open book assessment with an 8-hour windowThe paper will be released on KLE at 9am on the morning of the exam.
The paper consists 2 essays selected from 5.
Students should address each topic, clearly labelling each chosen topic as they provide their answers. Work will be submitted to Turnitin no later than 5pm on the day of release.
Although students have been given significant time to complete this exam script, we expect most students to spend no more than 2 hours on completion this assessment. Answers should be as accurate and concise as possible. Typical answers would be in the range of 500-750 words per topic. 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.