LSC-30063 - Brain Disease
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






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Description for 2022/23

In this module, you will learn about the pathophysiology, aetiology, and predisposing factors of a number of common neurological, neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders.
You will study clinical manifestations of neurological disorders, cellular and molecular mechanisms, and advances made in diagnosis, prevention, prediction and treatments of these pathologies.
Problem Based learning (PBL) sessions will enable you to develop transferable skills such as team work, group-based learning, and problem solving.

The module aims to provide a detailed critical understanding of the theories and techniques underlying modern research into the aetiology, pathology, underlying mechanisms, prevention and treatment of human neurological disorders.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

Explain what is a stroke in relation to the brain¿s blood supply, and what are the typical neurological symptoms and underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms: 1,2
Recognise the normal anatomy and operation of the brain¿s ventricular system and how blockages or infections can lead to hydrocephalous: 1,2
Explain the pathophysiology (cellular and molecular mechanisms) of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson¿s and Huntington's disease: 1,2
Explain the pathophysiology of multiple sclerosis and known/proposed underlying (cellular and molecular) mechanisms of demyelination/remyelination: 1,2
Explain the pathophysiology (cellular and molecular mechanisms) and known aetiology of Alzheimer¿s disease: 1,2
Describe partial and generalised seizures and their neurobiological basis: 1,2
Review current understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying brain cancers (benign and malignant primary tumours): 1,2
Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the pathophysiology of genetic and acquired disorders of the brain such as Down's syndrome, meningitis, etc: Explain pathophysiology of schizophrenia pathology, symptoms and known cellular and molecular mechanisms: 1,2

Study hours

Schaduled Teaching: 24x 1 hr lectures and PBL tutorials
ICA: 24 hr
End of Semester Exam: 2hr
Independent Learning: 100 hr

School Rules

Biology students may not take this module with LSC-30003 Applied Insect Ecology.

Description of Module Assessment

1: Coursework weighted 50%
Problem based learning questionnaire
Students will work in groups of 10 to evaluate a case study. Each learner will independently answer a questionnaire based on the topic they have studied as a group. Each questionnaire will consist of 6-12 short answer questions.

2: Open Book Examination weighted 50%
2 h online open-book assessment with a 28-hour assessment window
ONE essay-based question from a choice of three. 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. Students are expected to complete this work within 2hour.