LSC-40115 - Advanced Research Topics in Neuroscience
Coordinator: Jenny Shin
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Level: Level 7
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

This module will develop skills in the acquisition and critical analysis of primary scientific literature of relevance to a range of research methodologies, tools and techniques in Neuroscience and the broader Biosciences disciplines. Research-level content will be delivered by staff and/or invited speakers and students will critically evaluate the primary literature of relevance to Neuroscience. Students will develop a deeper understanding of appropriate experimental design, data analysis, presentation and evaluation, and the application of a wide range of molecular, biochemical, biophysical and/or cell biology techniques in Neuroscience-specific manner.

This module aims to introduce students to research topics in Neuroscience and the wider biosciences appropriate to level 7. Students will gain experience in the critical analysis and evaluation of the primary research literature, and the application of modern research methodologies, tools and technologies.

Intended Learning Outcomes

critically discuss current research topics in neuroscience: 1,2
evaluate and appraise the principles and applications of selected research methods and techniques of relevance to neuroscience: 1,2
analyse and critically evaluate the context, methodology and results of relevant primary scientific literature.: 1,2
evaluate and discuss the impact of research outcomes in terms of societal, financial and intellectual perspectives.: 1,2
present and critique research data in an appropriate manner, communicating outcomes clearly and effectively in different formats, using language and terminology appropriate to the discipline: 1,2

Study hours

18 hours of practical/skills-based content (developing key skills in use/application of various methodologies, tools and techniques).
12 hours of journal club sessions and supporting tutorials.
80 hours independent study, including preparation for journal club sessions.
190 hours for portfolio completion, engagement with directed reading and attendance at relevant school/faculty research seminars

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Portfolio weighted 70%
Research seminar and journal club portfolio
Students will submit a portfolio of two structured reports (1,000 words each) on a relevant topic covered within the module and one structured proforma (1,000 words) based on presentations within the journal club sessions. Total word count 3,000.

2: Presentation weighted 30%
Students will author, deliver and answer relevant questions on a presentation (20-30 minutes) critiquing a discipline-specific research paper within a journal club session. Assessment will be facilitated through peer and tutor review, with the final mark awarded based 50:50 on the tutor mark and the average of the peer mark.