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Module code:PHOLM006(Add to my personalised list)
Title:The Cellular Basis of Brain Function (Masters Level)
Credit value:1
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser:Prof. Angus Silver / Dr Beverley Clark
Organiser's location: NPP / Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research
Organiser's email:a.silver@ucl.ac.uk / b.clark@ucl.ac.uk
Available for students in Year(s):4,
Module prerequisites:Second year neuroscience course or equivalent. Some background in the physical sciences to at least A-level would be an advantage: quantitive arguments are critical in some parts of the course.  
Module outline:The course covers the description of brain function from Molecule, to Cell and to System levels. The detailed topics include: 1) Methods, ion channels, channelopathies, transporters and ischaemia; 2) Synaptic transmission, plasticity, integration and dendrites; 3) Metabolism, microcircuits, coding, sensory processing, neural networks and the control of behaviour. This structure is designed to provide a thorough grounding in the cellular mechanisms of brain function in health and desease.  
Module aims:We aim to: 1. Provide up to date knowledge of nervous system function; 2. Provide background on methodological tools used in modern neuroscience research; 3. Allow the student to develop and deepen their interest in specific areas of neuroscience; 4. Develop the student's communication skills.  
Module objectives:1. Developing an understanding of experimental methods in cellular neuroscience. 2. Gaining a knowledge of the evidence underlying our current views on brain function. 3. Developing critical thinking about the link between experimental data and hypotheses. 4. Developing more general scientific communication skills.  
Key skills provided by module:Advanced knowledge of cellular neuroscience. Critical evaluation of original papers. Presentational skills.  
Module timetable:https://cmis.adcom.ucl.ac.uk:4443/timetabling/moduleTimet.do?firstReq=Y&moduleId=PHOLM006 
Module assessment:Practical write ups 9.00%.
Two essays 16.00%.
Unseen three-hour written examination 75.00%. 
Notes: THIS MODULE WILL RUN IN TERM 1, BLOCKS A & H  
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Link to virtual learning environment(registered students only)https://moodle.ucl.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=239 
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