LSC-30053 - Special Senses
Coordinator: Samaneh Maysami Room: HUX-304 Tel: 01782 733671
Lecture Time: See Timetable...
Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734414

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

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.

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.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

evaluate how the special sensory systems perform their physiological functions: 1
compare and contrast the cellular and molecular mechanisms of sensory transduction and processing in the special senses and associated pathologies: 1
analyse, summarise and evaluate concisely a selected research paper drawing on module-acquired knowledge where necessary: 1

Study hours

12 x 1hour tutorial/workshop
12 x 1hour lectures
2 hours exam
124 hours active (independent) Learning

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Open Book Examination weighted 100%
2 h online open-book assessment with a 28-hour assessment window
This 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.