Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
In this module, you will learn about the special senses i.e., vision, hearing, balance, smell, taste. You will be able to explain transduction (how the effective stimulus is converted into electrical signals in the periphery), transmission (how these signals are conveyed to the brain), processing (how the nervous system analyses the information) and perception (what aspects of the stimulus humans become aware of). You will also learn about the aetiopathology and cellular and molecular mechanisms behind common diseases and disorders of special senses. You will be able to critically evaluate a research paper in the field and enhance your understanding about advances in research and discovery.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/lsc-30053/lists
To provide an in-depth understanding of the neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuropathology of human special senses, focusing on transduction, transmission, processing and perception of sensory stimuli and associated pathologies.
Intended Learning Outcomes
evaluate how the special sensory systems perform their physiological functions: 1compare and contrast the cellular and molecular mechanisms of sensory transduction and processing in the special senses and associated pathologies: 1analyse, summarise and evaluate concisely a selected research paper drawing on module-acquired knowledge where necessary: 1
12 x 1hour tutorial/workshop12 x 1hour lectures2 hours exam124 hours active (independent) Learning
1: Open Book Examination weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
2 h online open-book assessment with a 28-hour assessment windowThis assessment contains two sections:
Section A will contain compulsory, short answer questions. Section B will contain a choice of ONE out of THREE essay-based questions.
Students should answer each question using Word, clearly labelling each question as they provide their answers.
For short-answer 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.
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. Students are expected to complete this assessment within 2 hours.